Search for lists of best-selling business books and you’ll find that they are overwhelmingly white. This may make it hard for Black entrepreneurs to get the inspiration and information they need to feel empowered to make their next big business move.
Check out our list of 5 must-read books about Black-owned business success and financial literacy. Whether you’re looking to start your own business, improve your company’s efficiency, or even find motivation in your life, here are five books you need to read now.
In Black Wall Street, Johnson details the untold story of the worst riot in American history: The Tulsa Race Riot. The riot, fueled by racism, resulted in the destruction of one of the most prosperous Black communities for Black businesses in the 20th century. If you’re interested in learning more about the historic Black Wall Street and its significance today, this book is a must read.
In this inspiring autobiography, Rochelle Graham-Campbell presents her road from working as a waitress in college to a beauty CEO. After her big chop, she began vlogging about her natural hair journey as well as her homemade hair care products. Now, her hair care line is sold in Target, CVS, Walmart, and beyond. This book will give you the tools you need to start running your successful business today.
Learning our history is an essential part of Black liberation and financial literacy. In his book, Williams provides an in-depth economic analysis of how discrimination, minimum wage, and free-market allocation impact Black Americans. Race and Economics is a great book for anyone who loves history, politics, and race relations.
Also known as “Hollywood’s Most Powerful Woman,” Shonda Rhimes shares some of the tools she used to become the TV mogul she is today. In Year of Yes, Rhimes recounts the life-changing opportunities she experienced after a year of simply saying yes. If you feel like you’re missing out on your life due to fear, this is the perfect book for you.
Two-time bestselling author Brandon Campbell uses his experience working at Fortune 500 companies to provide a comprehensive guidebook for your Black-owned business. In this book, you’ll learn about marketing strategies, customer service, and other tips and tricks to maintain a successful company.
We Buy Black Intern Writer
Hello! My name is Elisa Tilley. I am a sophomore English major with a minor in Writing from New York. I’m passionate about using language as a tool for social justice and advocacy. I’m excited to be working with We Buy Black and I can’t wait to use my skills to bring awareness to Black-owned businesses.