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Gaston and the Making of a Black American Millionaire ⚖ The grandson of slaves, born into poverty inin the Deep South, A G Gaston died than a century later with a fortune worth well overmillion and a business empire spanning communications, real estate, and insurance Gaston was, by any measure, a heroic figure whose wealth and influence bore comparison to J P Morgan and Andrew Carnegie Here, for the first time, is the story of the life of this extraordinary pioneer, told by his niece and grandniece, the award winning television journalist Carol Jenkins and her daughter Elizabeth Gardner HinesBorn at a time when the bitter legacy of slavery and Reconstruction still poisoned the lives of black Americans, Gaston was determined to make a difference for himself and his people His first job, after serving in the celebrated all black regiment during World War I, bound him to the near slavery of an Alabama coal mine but even here Gaston saw not only hope but opportunity He launched a business selling lunches to fellow miners, soon established a rudimentary bank and from then on there was no stopping him A kind of black Horatio Alger, Gaston let a single, powerful question be his guide What do our people need nowHis success flowed from an uncanny genius for knowing the answer Combining rich family lore with a deep knowledge of American social and economic history, Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Hines unfold Gaston s success story against the backdrop of a century of crushing racial hatred and bigotry Gaston not only survived the hardships of being black during the Depression, he flourished, and by the s he was ruling a Birmingham based business empire When the movement for civil rights swept through the South in the late s and early s, Gaston provided critical financial support to many activistsAt the time of his death in , A G Gaston was one of the wealthiest black men in America, if not the wealthiest But his legacy extended far beyond the monetary He was a man who had proved it was possible to overcome staggering odds and make a place for himself as a leader, a captain of industry, and a far sighted philanthropist Writing with grace and power, Jenkins and Hines bring their distinguished ancestor fully to life in the pages of this book Black Titan is the story of a man who created his own future and in the process, blazed a future for all black businesspeople in America Interesting story about a black man who was a major player in the business world in Alabama pre civil rights era no less The entrepreneurship of A.G Gaston was impressive He had businesses in a number of sectors from funeral homes to a bottling company Although the pace of the book is slow, the story was engaging, to me at least. Very good read and interesting story A bit embarrassed that I never heard of him though I am a Northerner Black Titan is a strong ifthan slightly biased retelling of Gaston s life by his niece and grandniece, Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines.I found it a bit slow to read what with its somewhat scholarly tone However, I enjoyed the photos of Mr and Mrs Gaston sightseeing noted locations around the world and meeting renowned historical figures.Until this book appeared on Bookbub I d never heard of Gaston I think it s curious he isn t a bigger household name given his key role in the Black Titan is a strong ifthan slightly biased retelling of Gaston s life by his niece and grandniece, Carol Jenkins and Elizabeth Gardner Hines.I found it a bit slow to read what with its somewhat scholarly tone However, I enjoyed the photos of Mr and Mrs Gaston sightseeing noted locations around the world and meeting renowned historical figures.Until this book appeared on Bookbub I d never heard of Gaston I think it s curious he isn t a bigger household name given his key role in the civil rights movement His status as one of the US wealthiest Black men at his death in the late 90s should also have garnered greater media attention.Gaston s story isn t without certain controversial aspects I appreciated the care the authors took to include both the pro and con attitudes that prevailed toward him by other Black people I imagine his relatively conservative politics have helped to keep his memory from receiving broader awareness and respect among African Americans Side note it was dispiriting to learn in Black Titan that Booker T Washington advocated the trickle down theory Ugh. Amazing story of the life of A.G Gaston Had not heard of him prior to this book, however, as a black Southerner his story inspires perpetually a sense of self determinism no situation can extinguish Just the sheer ability to see better as an option during a period where it would have been easy to fall in line speaks most saliently to me Thoroughly enjoyed this book More people need to now about African Americans like A.G Gaston He was a giant at at time when few like him existed A.G Gaston is a role model for young African Americans trying to find their way today His role in helping to shape the civil rights movement at a time when black people were not always in alignment with each other is relevant today. It was a very interesting read, but it s written by Gaston s niece so it was frustratingly biased I would love to readabout this man and the tension of being a black millionaire and how that put him in conflict with the Civil Rights movement and there is a little in here to illuminate that struggle, but her main mission seems to be to defend Gaston against his critics. What an incredibly powerful and historically relevant book Thoroughly enjoyed diving into the history of African American s and their wealth creation post slavery Something not often spoken of or taught We needof these stories A G Gaston is a complicated figure worthy of remembrance The book explored the development of a life during American Apartheid that succeeded but perhaps never separated from the system in which it was developed My family is from Alabama So in many ways, the books is an enlightening and scholarly exploration of the context of segregation, economics, and cultural dynamics Though it occasionally made for a slow read Before reading the book, I asked my grandmother, who Mr Gaston was Though A G Gaston is a complicated figure worthy of remembrance The book explored the development of a life during American Apartheid that succeeded but perhaps never separated from the system in which it was developed My family is from Alabama So in many ways, the books is an enlightening and scholarly exploration of the context of segregation, economics, and cultural dynamics Though it occasionally made for a slow read Before reading the book, I asked my grandmother, who Mr Gaston was Though we had never discussed him before, she recalled an important and deeply respected figure who insured, funeralized, and employed many Black people in Alabama I approached the book with three essential questions 1 Who was A G Gaston 2 Why has Dr Gaston been lost in African American history 2 What can I learn from his experience Dr Gaston, as portrayed within the book, was an intentionally mysterious figure I left the book with a sense of how he operated, what he valued, but not with a deep sense of who he was as a person The book repeatedly examines him in terms of how he was viewed Perhaps this is all any biography can offer As to why his legacy is has been diminished over time, the fights with MLK and the Civil Rights leaders who have have received posthumous preference, explains why theconservative approach of Dr Gaston has fallen from favor A similar though not as traumatic fate has also befallen his idol, Booker T Washington As to what I can learn, there is a valuable list of his rules at the end that aligns with the conservative wisdom of his generation What stands out in my mind is his shift to activism when the children of Birmingham took to the streets The lesson no matter how successful, never loose sight of what is going on around you One of the greatest books, that I have ever read.