Now, you may have known this already, but I only recently became aware that this year’s Pulitzer Prize in History has gone to a work of business history:
Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America, by Marcia Chatelain (Liveright/Norton)
As the award notice says, this is a nuanced account of the complicated role the fast-food industry plays in African-American communities, a portrait of race and capitalism that masterfully illustrates how the fight for civil rights has been intertwined with the fate of Black businesses.
Previously the book won the New York Times “Times Critics Top Books of 2020“:
From civil rights to Ferguson, Franchise reveals the untold history of how fast food became one of the greatest generators of black wealth in America.https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/marcia-chatelain
Now there’s some summer reading for you.
Insights from African American Management History
By Leon C Prieto & Simone TA Phipps
Part of the Online Seminars in Business History Series run by Gesellschaft fuer Unternehmensgeschichte
Black entrepreneurs, managers, and management thought leaders are generally conspicuously absent from the field of Management History, omitted, not because they did not contribute, but because they and their contributions have been ignored or overlooked. This session explores Management History by presenting two of the many Black management thought leaders and practitioners, as well as highlighting some of their contributions. Charles Clinton Spaulding (President of the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company) and Maggie Lena Walker (President of St. Luke Penny Savings Bank) will be discussed.
Dr. Leon C. Prieto is an Associate Professor of Management in Clayton State University’s College of Business. He earned his BS in Business Administration from Claflin University, his MBA from Georgia Southern University and his Ph.D. in Human Resource & Leadership Development from Louisiana State University.
Dr. Simone T. A. Phipps is an Associate Professor of Management in the School of Business at Middle Georgia State University. She earned her BS in Management Information Science from Claflin University, her MBA from Ohio University and her Ph.D. in Human Resource and Leadership Development from Louisiana State University.
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