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John Hervey Wheeler, Black Banking, and the Economic Struggle for Civil Rights

Brandon K. Winford

Abstract

This work combines black business and civil rights history to explain how economic concerns shaped the goals and objectives of the black freedom struggle. Brandon K. Winford examines the “black business activism” of banker and civil rights lawyer John Hervey Wheeler (1908–1978). Born on the campus of Kittrell College in Vance County, North Carolina, he came of age in Jim Crow Atlanta, Georgia, where his father became an executive with the world-renowned North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (NC Mutual). As president of Mechanics and Farmers Bank (M&F Bank), located on Durham’s “Black Wa ... More

Keywords: New South prosperity, John Hervey Wheeler, Black banking, Black business, Black business activism, Mechanics and Farmers Bank, North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, Black freedom struggle, Black Wall Street, Durham, North Carolina, Civil rights lawyers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780813178257
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813178257.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brandon K. Winford, author
University of Tennessee, Knoxville