Lynched by Corporate America: The Gripping True Story of How One African American Survived Doing Business with a Fortune 500 Giant

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"A true story of one man's courage in challenging an international corporate giant on race discrimination in a U.S. courthouse that is absolutely remarkable. A case study that all of America must read." - Parren J. Mitchell, Former Member, U.S. Congress . . . . . "A very compelling and thought-provoking book . . . will guarantee to keep your interest high . . ." - James Earl "Chip" Carter III, Businessman . . . . . "Teaches us about the vision, understanding, and perseverance it takes to bring purpose in one's life. God has smiled upon you. The sacrifice and treatment you experienced is almost biblical." - Dr. Acen L. Phillips, Bishop, A. L. Phillips Ministries. . . . . In the fall of 1969 two white cops drove future African-American business leader Herman Malone past a swamp near his hometown of Camden, Arkansas, and threatened to drown him there if he didn't leave town immediately. Thirty years later, Malone found himself sinking into the morass of America's legal system. With co-author Robert Schwab, Malone now delivers an eye-opening narrative of corporate discrimination and legal injustice. Their riveting firsthand account tells: 1. How US West (now Qwest Communications International Inc.) systematically canceled contracts with African-American suppliers; 2. How the National Black Chamber of Commerce fought back with lawsuits and public pressure; and, 3. How Herman Malone, the President and CEO of RMES Communications and recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Responsibility Award, staked everything he had achieved as a business and community leader in a courageous stand against institutional racism and flourished even in the face of adversity. This is one man's story of standing up to the system and demanding justice. Unflinchingly, Malone risks everything to uphold the ideal of social and economic parity.

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Lynched by Corporate America

When was the last time your blood boiled?

In the fall of 1969 two white cops drove future African-American business leader Herman Malone past a swamp near his hometown of Camden, Arkansas, and threatened to drown him there if he didn't leave town immediately. Just over thirty years after he sat staring at a swamp that might close over his head forever, Malone sank into the morass of the American legal system.

When communications giant US West (now Qwest Communications International Inc.) began systematically canceling contracts with African-American-owned businesses, the National Black Chamber of Commerce, chaired by Herman Malone, decided to fight back. Faced with a race-discrimination lawsuit, US West eventually settled with six out of seven plaintiffs. Malone, the sole holdout, sought justice in the courts.

This is one man's story of standing up against the system and demanding justice. Unflinchingly, Malone risks everything to uphold the ideal of social and economic parity.

How far has America come on the issue of racial equality? Have we patted ourselves on the back prematurely, in the wake of the Civil Rights era, and failed to acknowledge the racism that still exists in our midst? Authors Herman Malone and Robert Schwab suggest as much in their narrative of corporate discrimination and legal injustice.

Lynched by Corporate America tells a true story that calls attention to the silent institutionalized racism our culture prefers not to acknowledge. It may well prove to be an important step toward holding corporate America accountable and toward finding a solution that can lead to a more just, equitable society.

With co-author Robert Schwab, Malone delivers an eye-opening narrative of corporate discrimination and legal injustice. In their riveting firsthand account, you will learn:

** How a Fortune 500 giant systematically canceled contracts with African-American suppliers
** How the National Black Chamber of Commerce fought back with lawsuits and public pressure
** How Herman Malone, the President and CEO of RMES Communications and recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Social Responsibility Award, staked everything he had achieved as a business and community leader in a courageous stand against institutional racism
** How Malone refused to be beaten by the system and flourished even in the face of adversity

This powerful book--which provides a unique true account of the status of African Americans in courts and boardrooms--calls attention to the failure of the nation's justice system to engage and correct the "economic lynching" African Americans have suffered at the hands of corporate empires. It holds the system accountable and demands positive changes that will make economic parity a reality.

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Corporate Discrimination and Legal Injustice in America

"A true story of one man's courage in challenging an international corporate giant on race discrimination in a U.S. courthouse that is absolutely remarkable. A case study that all of America must read."--Parren J. Mitchell, Former Member, U.S. Congress

"Lynched by Corporate America is a very compelling and thought-provoking book that will guarantee to keep your interest high. I had hoped that in our country we had moved beyond the point where race wasn't a factor but we simply have not, as this book clearly illustrates. As a nation, we need to address this problem directly and we owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Malone for enduring the struggle and bringing it to our attention through this book."--James Earl "Chip" Carter III, Businessman

"Congratulations on your endurance and for bringing us this story. It teaches us about the vision, understanding, and perseverance it takes to bring purpose in one's life. God has smiled upon you. The sacrifice and treatment you experienced is almost biblical."--Dr. Acen L. Phillips, Bishop, A. L. Phillips Ministries, President/CEO, American Church United

"Herman Malone has taught us two important and unmistakable lessons with regard to discrimination. First, discrimination is pervasive in our society but it is very hard to prove, especially when one goes up against corporate discrimination. Second, it takes courage and determination to file a suit, and one who feels that he/she has been wronged must be dedicated to finding that proof and placing it in a public forum so that it can be judged. In Herman Malone's case, he teaches us about how difficult it is to prove, yet he also teaches us much about how a dedicated person can still redress his grievance in our system."--Rabbi Steven E. Foster, Senior Rabbi, Congressional Emanuel, Past Chair, Colorado Civil Rights Commission

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