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Friday, June 21, 2013


We're going to switch gears for the next several months and talk about African American history.  

While on a brief hiatus, a friend and I talked about what it seems most African Americans won't talk about and may be ashamed to talk about because they think African American history begins and ends with Slavery, Abraham Lincoln, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

When it comes to African Americans and their history, far too many Blacks feel that historical  framework is within the confines of slavery, which is painful,  shameful and horrific and a topic that most African Americans in addition to not wanting to talk about (what they think is their history), don't want to even think about it. 

Well, slavery (although significant) is only a small part of African American history.  The rest of African American history is rich, powerful, glorious, and full of heroes and heroines.

One such hero is Reginald Lewis, a businessman who became the first Black billionaire in the 1980s.  Reginald was born in Baltimore, MD, grew up in "a middle class-class neighborhood", and graduated from Virginia State University with a degree in economics in 1965.  

Mr. Lewis was a member of the Black fraternity Kappa Alpha Psi, and in 1968, graduated from Harvard Law School. 

Mr. Lewis also wrote a book titled "Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun". 

According to Wikipedia, "in 1992, Forbes listed Lewis among the 400 richest Americans, with a net worth estimated at $400 million. He also was the first African American to build a billion dollar company, Beatrice Foods."


Reginald Lewis (Wikipedia)

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