A Legacy of Dreams: The Life and Contributions of Dr. William Venoid Banks

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University Press of America, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 152 pages
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A Legacy of Dreams contains the life and experiences of Dr. William Venoid Banks from his youth on a sharecropper's farm in the South to his building one of the largest and most solvent fraternal organizations in America, the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons. He also organized and founded two trade schools, one college, several small businesses, and established the first Black owned and operated radio and television stations in the United States, creating a legacy of opportunities for others in radio and television broadcasting. He discusses his development as he grew up in the racial prejudice of the south, lived on the streets of Chicago, his professional experience as an attorney during the Depression and the riots, dealing with the J. Edgar Hoover Commission, the FBI, and the Black Militia. He also depicts his meetings with President Nixon and the Shah of Iran, discussing, from an historical perspective, the plight of Blacks from 1903 to 1985 from all of his personal experiences.
 

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Contents

Boyhood on the Kentucky Farm
1
Childhood Lessons and Fears
17
Segregation and Self Respect
35
In Search for A Better Life
49
The Journey North
61
The College Years
71
Summer Vacation in Mississippi
75
The Law School Years
79
Trials and Tribulations of an Interracial Marriage
89
Unexpected Success During The Nations Depression
95
Misplaced Trust In Personal And Professional Life
103
Working With The Colored Masons Fraternal Organization
111
Building International Free and Accepted Modern Masons
117
Where Gods Presence Radiates The Beginning of WGPR Radio
133
A Visit To The White House The First Black Owned and Operated Television Station in the United States
141
A LEGACY OF DREAMS
151

Tipping The Scales Of Justice
83

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Sheila T. Gregory is Director of Marketing and Community Outreach at the University of Memphis, and the author of Black Women and the Academy (University Press of America, 1998).

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