The most significant revelation in black fortunes the engaging profile of the first african americans to become millionaires is that these wealthy blacks managed to exist at all. Black fortunes the story of the first six african americans who escaped slavery and became millionaires by shomari wills is a fun little book it is very well written and tells the story of seven african americans who became millionaires my biggest gripe with the book is the sub title. Tell us 5 things about your book americas first black millionaires but they devoted an incredible amount of their money trying to help the african american community on americas . Immediately following emancipation there were 4047 millionaires in the united states and six of them were african american between 1830 and 1927 as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity a small group of industrious tenacious and daring men and women broke new ground to attain the highest levels of financial success. By telling the little known stories of six pioneering african american entrepreneurs black fortunes makes a worthy contribution to black history to business history and to american history margot lee shetterly new york times bestselling author of hidden figures between the years of 1830 and 1927 as the last generation of blacks born into slavery was reaching maturity a small
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