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Author Talk and Book Signing featuring Shomari Wills

April 22, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM EDT

The Story of the First Six African Americans Who Escaped Slavery and Became Millionaires

“By telling the little-known stories of six pioneering African American entrepreneurs, Black Fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history, to business history, and to American history.”—Margot Lee Shetterly, Author of the New York Times Bestseller Hidden Figures

Join Shomari Wills, a native Washingtonian and author of Black Fortunes, the astonishing untold history of America’s first black millionaires—former slaves who endured incredible challenges to amass and maintain their wealth for a century, from the Jacksonian period to the Roaring Twenties—self-made entrepreneurs whose unknown success mirrored that of American business heroes such as Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Thomas Edison.

On April 22, 2018 from 4:00PM – 5:30PM, Shomari will discuss and autograph this fresh, little-known chapter in the nation’s history which illuminates the birth of the black business titan and the emergence of the black marketplace in America as never before.

About the Author:

Shomari Wills is a journalist. He has worked for CNN and Good Morning America, and has contributed to New York Carib News and Columbia Journalism Review. He received an undergraduate degree from Morehouse College and a graduate degree from Columbia University, where he was named a Lynton Book Writing Fellow. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. Shomari was born in Washington D.C. and grew up on 16th street aka the “Gold Coast”, an enclave of black professionals, artists, and politicians. His first book, Black Fortunes, is the untold story of America’s first black millionaires. It was in part inspired by his great-great Uncle John Drew a gilded age industrialist, Negro League baseball team owner, and one of the first Black millionaires in the Philadelphia area.

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April 22, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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