Robert E. Weems, Jr. is the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History at Wichita State University. A native of Chicago, Illinois, he received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His numerous publications include three books: Black Business in the Black Metropolis: The Chicago Metropolitan Assurance Company, 1925-1985 (Indiana University Press, 1996); Desegregating The Dollar: African American Consumerism in the Twentieth Century (New York University Press, 1998); and Business in Black and White: American Presidents and Black Entrepreneurs in the Twentieth Century (New York University Press, 2009). His current projects include a book-length biography of Anthony Overton, arguably the most prominent black entrepreneur in early twentieth century America.
Sometime in 2013, the African American consumer market exceeded the trillion dollar mark for the first time. To put this figure in perspective, that market is larger than the market for the entire nation of Spain. In the article below business historian Robert Weems briefly … Read MoreThe Trillion Dollar African American Consumer Market: Economic Empowerment or Economic Dependency?