Hear from Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr., the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University, as he delivers his keynote address for Black History Month on Whatever Happened to "Black Capitalism?" The Decline of Public Discussion About African American Economic Development Since the 1960s.

Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr. comes to Wichita State University as the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History. From 1999-2011, Weems was professor of History at the University of Missouri, Columbia. As a native of Chicago, Weems received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of specialization include African American History, African American Business History, and U.S. History.

Being the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, Weems is the author of three books, co-editor of another, and has published almost three dozen journal articles and encyclopedia entries. His books include Business in Black and White: American Presidents and Black Entrepreneurs in the Twentieth Century and Building the Black Metropolis: African American Entrepreneurship in Chicago. Weems’ current research project is a biographical study of Anthony Overton, an important African American businessman in early twentieth-century Chicago. This research was released as a book titled The Merchant Prince of Black Chicago.

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