Washington (PRWEB) April 14, 2014
A true story of great inspiration and incomparable talent, “Businessman First” follows one man who becomes successful in the dirty world of business and proved to his family that he can achieve his dream job in flying colors.
Henry G. Parks Jr. was a man before his time. Pioneering in the American free-enterprise system, he embarked on a journey leading to a multimillion-dollar industry. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to domestic parents and a paternal grandmother, who instilled Christian values and taught him the Bible. A few months after his birth, Parks Sr. relocated his family to Dayton, Ohio, the first state across the Mason-Dixon Line, seeking better job opportunities. During the depression and two more children, times were hard, and Parks Sr.’s wife joined him in the workforce. Together, they were able to hold the family together.
Parks Jr. and his sisters attended segregated primary schools and integrated high schools. He read profusely and studied hard, graduating from Roosevelt High School with honors but to the resentment of his dad.
The family had no idea Parks Jr. had plans to attend college. He worked a year at several jobs, one at the same hotel where his father worked as a bartender, washing dishes and taking out the trash. He saved his money and entered Ohio State University College of Commerce, never knowing at matriculation that the money he worked so hard to earn and was sending home for his parents to save for him was being spent to support the family household. Without money to pay tuition, he pursued scholarships and more work. He matriculated in 1935.
After many endeavors in business, a numbers runner in Baltimore forwards the capital and also becomes a silent partner. Parks Jr.’s idea for a pork sausage manufacturing plant became a reality in 1951. He opened the H. G. Parks Inc. trading as Parks Sausage. With strong, aggressive leadership, brilliant marketing and advertising, Parks Jr. built a business that never had a losing year.
Parks Jr.’s success caught the attention of some of the leading corporate boards in this country along with national organizations and city, state, and federal leaders. They sought to bring him aboard to share his knowledge, leadership skills, and ability with other leading American businesses, government, and nonprofit leaders.
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About the Author
Maurice W. Dorsey graduated as the only African American in his class at the Bel Air Senior High School, Bel Air, Maryland, in 1965. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1970. He then earned a master’s degree in liberal arts from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975 and earned a second master’s degree in education from the Loyola College of Maryland in 1976. He returned to the University of Maryland to earn a PhD in education in 1985. He has worked in both the public and private sectors, finding his career in secondary education, higher education, and government. He retired from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture in 2012. “Businessman First: Remembering Henry G. Parks (1916 to 1989); Capturing the Life of a Businessman Who Was African American; An Authorized Biography” is his first book. He resides in Washington, DC.
Businessman First* by Maurice W. Dorsey
Remembering Henry G. Parks, Jr. 1916-1989 Capturing the Life of a Businessman Who Was African American An Authorized Biography
Publication Date: March 7, 2014
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