Charles McAfee

Community
7:07 am
Thu June 27, 2013

African-American Entrepreneurs Have Long, Important History In Wichita

Robert Weems Jr., a history professor at Wichita State University, is researching African-American entrepreneurship in Wichita.
Credit Courtesy Photo / Wichita State University

Since his arrival on campus in 2011, Wichita State University history professor Robert Weems, Jr. has been busy researching the history of African-American businesses in Wichita.

Weems, a Chicago native, has a longstanding interest in this area.

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Commentary
1:15 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Past and Present: Wichita's Black Entrepreneurs

“Rip” Gooch represented a pioneering enterprise in the aviation industry, starting in the 1950s.
Credit Bonita Gooch

Compared to other major cities, Wichita has a relatively small African-American population.

Because of this large, black-owned commercial enterprises, such as insurance companies, never developed here. Nevertheless, there exists a strong tradition of smaller-scale African-American entrepreneurship in this city.

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