“Something to Prove” by Yvonne S. Thornton, MD
c.2012, Infinity Publishing $15.95 272 pages
“Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A.” by Clinton E. Galloway
c.2012, Phoenix Publishing Corp $15.95 343 pages
“Images of America: industrial Bank” by B. Doyle Mitchell Jr. and patricia A. Mitchell with Lisa Frazier Page, foreword by Edward Ellington J. and April Ellington
c.2012, Arcadia Publishing $21.99 127 pages
As a businessperson, you know how much goes into making your enterprise a success. It didn’t spring to life in one single day; it took effort and sweat. Other businesses, too, have stories to tell and in these books, you’ll read about them…
You may have enjoyed “The Ditchdigger’s Daughter” or seen the story on TV. It was the tale of an uneducated father’s unshakable goal of ensuring that his daughters had a better life than he had. He wanted them to all be doctors, and in “Something to Prove” by Yvonne S. Thornton, MD, you’ll read the further stories of one of those girls, all grown up.
This book takes up roughly where the last one left off as Dr. Thornton offers readers more of what they’ve come to enjoy reading about: her career as physician and mother, her parents’ lives, and more lessons that she gleaned from her father.
If you loved the first book and wondered what happened in the ensuing years, you’ll want this one, too.
Sometimes, the story of a business isn’t a pretty one. Many a corporation started with a little white lie or two, or more. In “Anatomy of a Hustle: Cable Comes to South Central L.A.” by Clinton E. Galloway, you’ll read about how one business set down its roots, and it wasn’t all on the up-and-up.
In this book, you’ll read about how cable TV came to one of Southern California’s poorest communities, thanks to two brothers who recognized how it might benefit the citizens of the area. There was clearly a need. This would have been a great idea. The brothers obviously wanted to make a difference for their customers. But politics and money (of course, politics and money) came into play…
Be aware that there’s a lot of legalese and an alphabet soup of acronyms in this book and it’s a bit hard to follow at times. But if you want to see one example of how politics worked in one city, years ago, this is your book.
Finally, you know the things that can be done with collaborated effort, but imagine pulling together a group of investors at one of the worst times this country has ever endured. You’ll read such a story in “Images of America: Industrial Bank” by B. Doyle Mitchell Jr. and Patricia A. Mitchell with Lisa Frazier Page, foreword by Edward Ellington Jr. and April Ellington.
When the Great Depression hit America in 1933, many banks closed across the country – at least temporarily. But on August 20, 1934, a black-owned bank opened in Washington D.C., with $65,000 in stock – a huge amount of money at that time. Black investors – including businesses and individuals – supported this bank, despite the tough times. It’s still in business with the fourth generation poised to take the reins.
This book is mostly photographic in nature, but has enough narrative to tie it together for a cohesive read. It – and the other two books mentioned here – will give you a great sense of the story-behind-the-story of three African American-owned businesses.