In Black America Podcast: In The Black: A History of African Americans on Wall Street
On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. speaks with Gregory S. Bell, author of In The Black: A History of African Americans On Wall Street. Here, for the first time, is the fascinating history of the African American experience on Wall Street as told by Bell, the son of the man who founded the first black-owned member firm of the New York Stock Exchange. A successful finance professional in his own right with close ties to leading figures in both the black financial and civil rights communities, Bell tells the stories of the pioneers who broke down the ancient social and political barriers to African American participation in the nation s financial industry. With the help of profiles of many important black leaders of the past fifty years including everyone from Jesse Jackson and the late Maynard Jackson, former mayor of Atlanta, to E. Stanley O Neal, COO and President of Merrill Lynch, and Russell L. Goings Jr., founder and chairman of First Harlem Securities he shows how in the years following World War II the growing social, political, and financial powers of African Americans converged on Wall Street.