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Chicago’s Self-Made Black Business Pioneers:

Social Entrepreneurs Everyone Should Know About


For students, parents, teachers, current and aspiring business owners


“These Black business pioneers of yesterday provide the solutions needed to reduce unemployment, crime and violence today,” said author Toure Muhammad.

Chicago’s Self-Made Black Business Pioneers is a much-anticipated book that profiles several Chicago-based entrepreneurs, some known and some unknown or rarely talked about, that created both economic and social change in Chicago and inspired the entire country with their excellence. Black business pioneers profiles include:

  • Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable
  • Ferdinand L. Barnett and Ida B. Wells
  • S. B. Fuller
  • Theodore Roosevelt Mason Howard 
  • Edward H. Morris
  • Herman Roberts
  • Edward and Betti Ann Gardner
  • Robert S. Abbot
  • John H. Johnson
  • Daniel Hale Williams
  • Elijah Muhammad

In addition, the author identifies 11 lessons learned from these pioneers as well as three things that everyone can do to help create a new generation of Black business giants.

"At a time in Chicago with high unemployment and high murder rate, I believe we can learn some valuable lessons from the past that can help reduce the social problems plaguing the Black community. I believe this book will help change some lives," said Toure Muhammad.

In Chicago’s Self-Made Black Business Pioneers, the author profiles some of Chicago’s self-made Black business pioneers that have helped to shape Chicago and the entire country via their entrepreneurial spirit, courage and vision.

From the establishment of businesses that created thousands of jobs and opportunity to training programs and funding efforts to reduce a variety of social, economic and political problems, these Black business pioneers give us a blueprint for today.

This book is perfect for students, parents, teachers, current and future business owners.

Purchase a copy of the first run, limited edition of Chicago’s Self-Made Black Business Pioneers for only $14.99 plus $4 for shipping and handling.

Number of Copies

Please allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.