Black History Month: a booklist about business, economics, and entrepreneurs


In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to focus on African American’s long and great legacy as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Below is a list of books and magazines that can be found at the Plano Public Library. Click on links to our catalog to get these books, and make reading these titles a year round activity.


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The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires by Dennis Kimbro “Readers of all races and ethnicities will appreciate these inspiring stories and insights on overcoming obstacles and achieving wealth.” – Booklist
Black Enterprise Titans of the B.E. 100s: Black CEOs who Redefined and Conquered American Business by Derek T. Dingle “Shows how both established and emerging leaders have used ‘imagination and drive’ to battle ‘a lack of capital, diminished access, and outright racism’ and still succeed on such a grand level.” – Review
Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy by Maggie Anderson “Anderson’s book successfully illuminates the roadblocks faced by black business owners and the racial divide that continues to persist in the U.S. economy.” – Library Journal
On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker by A’Lelia Bundles On Her Own Ground is the first full-scale, definitive biography of Madam C. J. Walker—the legendary African American entrepreneur and philanthropist—by her great-great-granddaughter, A’Lelia Bundles
Doing Business by the Good Book: 52 Lesson on Success Straight From the Bible by David L. Steward with Robert L. Shook “Christian businesspeople who want a solid introduction to biblical ethics in the workplace will particularly enjoy his fine chapters on accountability, enthusiasm, customer satisfaction and networking.”- Publishers Weekly
7 Money Mantras For a Richer Life : How to Live Well with the Money You Have by Michelle Singletary This Washington Post columnist, who has been hired by the NFL to teach their rookies how to manage their money, shares her common-sense ideas.
A Black Woman’s Guide to Networking: Advance Your Career. Grow Your Business! by Juliette C. Mayers This inspirational book is for professionals who desire to strengthen or build cross-cultural relationships. In addition to practical networking tips, the book features Networking Master Class — advice from diverse professionals who have mastered the art of networking.