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No. 19: Dave Bing, The Man Of Steel

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No. 20: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, The Business All-Star

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No. 21: Don Barden, The Visionary

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No. 22: Byron Lewis, The Image Maker

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No. 23: Ann Fudge, The Barrier Breaker

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No. 24: Bill Mays, The King Of Chemicals

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No. 25: J. Bruce Llewellyn, The Game Changer

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The cover of the collector's edition August 2010 40th Anniversary Issue of Black Enterprise features an editors' choice of the 40 covers that best tell the story of Black Enterprise as the undisputed chronicler of black American business achievement and economic progress. Here are the stories behind the covers, year by year. In the August 1970 premiere issue of BLACK ENTERPRISE, the mission statement read: “Lacking capital, managerial and technical knowledge and crippled by prejudice, the minority businessman has been effectively kept out of the profitable corner of the American marketplace. We want to help change this.” Over the past 40 years, BLACK ENTERPRISE has sought to do just that. The cover subject, Fayette, Mississippi Mayor Charles Evers was an example of the ingenuity and determination needed to run black-owned businesses such as the Medgar Evers Shopping Center, named in honor of his late brother, a prominent civil rights leader slain by an assassin in 1963.

B.E. 40th ANNIVERSARY COVER GALLERY

The stories behind the covers featured on the collector's edition August 2010 issue of Black Enterprise

The cover of the collector’s edition August 2010 40th Anniversary Issue of Black Enterprise features…

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No. 26: Edward Gardner, The Global Haircare Giant

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No. 27: JoAnn Price, The Black Business Financier

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No. 28: Al Johnson, The Auto Dealer Advocate

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No. 29: Tyler Perry, The Hollywood Hitmaker

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No. 30: Henry Parks, The Pioneer

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In 1910, Sarah “Madame C. J.” Walker is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first African American female self-made millionaire through the creation of a range of haircare products targeted to the African American community. Once asked about her secret of her success, Walker responded: “There is no royal flower-strewn path to success…If I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard.” (Image: Madam C.J. Walker)

PHOTO GALLERY: The Business of Black Haircare

A century of black entrepreneurship in the haircare industry

Even before the beginning of the 20th Century, African Americans were at the forefront of…

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No. 31: Don Coleman, The Multicultural Marketing Maestro

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No. 32: R. Donahue Peebles, The Real Estate Groundbreaker

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Black Enterprise’s Extraordinary Journey

The modest monthly magazine I founded 40 years ago has become the uplifting force driving the ascent of African American entrepreneurs

Black enterprise was just a modest monthly magazine when I founded it 40 years ago—just…

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No. 33: Maynard Jackson, The Great Equalizer

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No. 34: Cathy Hughes, The Broadcasting Architect

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No. 35: Travers Bell, The Father of Black Investment Banking

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