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Business of Black Power Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America

ISBN-10: 1580464408
ISBN-13: 9781580464406
Edition: 2012
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Description: The Business of Black Power emphasizes the centrality of economic goals to the larger black freedom movement and explores the myriad forms of business development in the Black power era. This volume charts a new course for Black power studies and  More...

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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: University of Rochester Press
Publication date: 6/1/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 354
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The Business of Black Power emphasizes the centrality of economic goals to the larger black freedom movement and explores the myriad forms of business development in the Black power era. This volume charts a new course for Black power studies and business history, exploring both the business ventures that Black power fostered and the impact of Black power on the nation's business world. Black activists pressed business leaders, corporations, and various levels of government into supporting a range of economic development ventures, from Black entrepreneurship, to grassroots experiments in economic self-determination, to indigenous attempts to rebuild inner-city markets in the wake of disinvestment. They pioneered new economic and development strategies, often in concert with corporate executives and public officials. Yet these same actors also engaged in fierce debates over the role of business in strengthening the movement, and some African Americans outright rejected capitalism or collaboration with business. The seven scholars in this collection bring fresh analysis to this complex intersection of African American and business history to reveal how Black power advocates, or those purporting a Black power agenda, engaged business to advance their economic, political, and social goals. They show the business of Black power taking place in the streets, boardrooms, journals and periodicals, corporations, courts, and housing projects of America. In short, few were left untouched by the influence of this movement. Laura Warren Hill is assistant professor of history at Bloomfield College. Julia Rabig is visiting assistant professor of African American studies at Boston University.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Toward a History of the Business of Black Power
Black Capitalism in Pursuit of Black Freedom
Fighting for the Soul of Black Capitalism: Struggles for Black Economic Development in Postrebellion Rochester
A McDonald's that Reflects the Soul of a People: Hought Area Development Corporation and Community Development in Cleveland
Selling Women, Culture, and Black Power
Black (Buying) Power: The Story of Essence Magazine
Creating a Multicultural Soul: Avon, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Race in the 1970s
The Business of Black Power in City and Suburb
From Landless to Landlords: Black Power, Black Capitalism, and the Co-optation of Detroit's Tenants' Rights Movement, 1964-69
"Gilding the Ghetto" and Debates over Chicago's Gautreaux Program
Community Development Corporations and the Business of Black Power Policymaking
"What we Need is Brick and Mortar": Race, Gender, and Early Leadership of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation
"A Fight and a Question": Community Development Corporations, Machine Politics, and Corporate Philanthropy in the Long Urban Crisis
Conclusion: Whose Black Power? The Business of Black Power and Black Power's Business
Epilogue: Whatever Happened to the Business of Black Power?
List of Contributors
Index

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