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Black Enterprise in the 60s: Policies that Shaped It, Kansans Who Built It

April 22 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Who were influential Black business leaders in Kansas during the 1960s? What challenges did they face? What impact did they make? Dr. Robert E. Weems, Jr. will discuss these Wichita-based leaders in the context of the policies and politics of mid-century U.S. presidential administrations regarding Black business development and the civil rights movement.

This program is part 3 in a series presented in conjunction with the exhibit Voices from the Big First, 1961-1968, made possible by Humanities Kansas.

Dr. Weems has been the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University since Fall 2011. Before coming to WSU, he taught at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Iowa. A native of Chicago, he received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his career, Professor Weems has published and spoken widely in the areas of African American business and economic history.  

Among other publications, he is the author of the book Business in Black and White: American Presidents and Black Entrepreneurs in the Twentieth Century. Weems has served on the Kansas African American Museum Board of Directors. Member of the Board of Directors of the Heartland Wichita Black Chamber of Commerce, where he established and coordinates the organization’s “Wichita Black Business Hall of Fame” initiative.

Submit your questions for Dr. Weems to for the question-and-answer portion of the program.



April 22
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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