Economic Perspectives with Hopeton Hay on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX

History of Black Business Focus of KAZI Book Review & Economic Perspectives

Posted by Hopeton on February 4, 2010

Despite almost four centuries of black independent self-help enterprises, the agency of African Americans in attempting to forge their own economic liberation through business activities and entrepreneurship has remained noticeably absent from the historical record.  Dr. Juliet Walker, author of the award-winning History of Black Business in America will discuss the continuity, diversity, and multiplicity of independent self-help economic activities among African Americans on KAZI Book Review,  February 7, 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. central time on KAZI 88.7 FM.  The interview will be rebroadcast on February 8, 5:30 p.m.  – 6 p.m. on Economic Perspectives.  Listen live online to the interview at kazifm.org.

Juliet Walker

Dr. Walker recently updated the History of Black Business in America, dividing the original work into two volumes. The first volume, which was published December 2009, covers African American business history through the end of the Civil War and features the first comprehensive account of black business during the Civil War. By emphasizing the African origins of black business practices and highlighting the contributions of black women, enslaved and free, Walker casts aside the long-held assumption that a “lack of a business tradition” is responsible for the failure of African Americans to establish successful, large-scale enterprises.

Dr. Walker is the founder and director of the Center for Black Business History, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a professor in the History Department of the University of Texas at Austin, and has written numerous books in African American history, including Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier.

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