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UMES to Host History of Black Business Expert

  • Monday, February 25, 2008

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore's month long celebration of Black History culminates with a luncheon and symposium on Thursday, February 28, at noon and 3 p.m., respectively, in the Richard A. Henson Center Ballroom.  Dr. Juliet Walker of the University of Texas at Austin will speak on the topic "African American Business in a Global Economy:  Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow."

    Walker is the country's foremost expert on the history of black business.  She founded the Center for Black Business History, Entrepreneurship and Technology at the University of Texas at Austin, the only one of its kind, in 2002.  She formed the center in response to the racial disparities in wealth holding, employment opportunities, income and business profits in America.

    Author of "The History of Black Business in America" and "Free Frank:  A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier," Walker is currently writing the book "Oprah Winfrey:  An American Entrepreneur," which is slated to be published by Harvard Business School Press.  The book explores Winfrey's business success as an entrepreneur and how it translates to race and gender issues in today's business world. 

    The event is free and open to the public.  Reserve a seat at the luncheon by calling 410-651-6434. 


    Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410651-7580,

    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355,