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.
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).
chapter 1 Foreword chapter 2 Boyhood on the Kentucky Farm chapter 3 Childhood Lessons and Fears chapter 4 Segregation and Self Respect chapter 5 In Search for a Better Life chapter 6 The Journey North chapter 7 The College Years chapter 8 Summer Vacation in Mississippi chapter 9 The Law School Years chapter 10 Tipping the Scales of Justice chapter 11 Trials and Tribulations of an Interracial Marriage chapter 12 Unexpected Success During the Nation's Depression chapter 13 Misplaced Trust in Personal and Professional Life chapter 14 Working With the Colored Masons Fraternal Organization chapter 15 Building International Free and Accepted Modern Masons chapter 16 Where God's Presence Radiates: The Beginning of WGPR Radio chapter 17 A Visit to the White House: The First Black Owned and Operated Television Station in the United States chapter 18 A Legacy of Dreams
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