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More than his ad “More Parks Sausages Mom!” “Please!” 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 multi-million dollar industry. After many endeavors in business, The H.G. Parks, Inc. trading as Parks Sausage became a reality in 1951. With strong aggressive leadership, brilliant marketing and advertising, Mr. Parks build a business that never posted a losing year under his ownership. Park’s Sausage was the first African American owned business to issue stock publicly. Mr. Park’s success caught the attention of some of the leading corporate boards in this country. . .
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Frequently Asked Questions
01. Is Mr. Parks African American?
Yes. Mr. Parks' birth certificate reads: colored but through the transformation from colored, to Negro, to Black, to Afro-American to African American. He claimed African American, although there is Native American ancestry in his family lineage.
02. How did Mr. Parks handle discrimination during this era?
Mr. Parks handled discrimination during this era by maintaining a POSITIVE ATTITUDE in all situations. He believed that no one advances by being negative. He admitted there were times in his life where being positive was a tremendous effort.
03. Who created the ad's: "More Parks Sausages Mom!" "Please!"?
The "More Parks Sausages Mom!" "Please!" advertisement was created by Leon Shaffer Golnick, a professional advertising firm in Baltimore, Maryland. In every instance, Mr. Parks could afford as he built his business he hired experts in their field of work.
04. Is the business still in operation?
The Parks Sausage Company still exist however Mr. Parks sold the company before his death in 1989 to the Norin Corporations of Miami for $1.58 million. Mr. Parks got a seven-year contract and remained the chairman of the board and served on the board of Norin as a consultant. Norin also bought 153,000 shares from William Adams, Mr. Parks' silent partner. Mr. Raymond S. Haysbert became president and chief executive officer. The company has changed owners several times in the past.
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Offers insight into the 20th-century–African-American experience and a lesson in optimism.
This hardworking, behind-the-scenes businessman is a voice of the civil rights movement that deserves to be heard.
Dorsey’s vast knowledge of his collaborator-friend is solid, and his too-far-and-few-between anecdotes about the man 30 years his senior are rich.
Inspiring and motivational, “Businessman First” is dedicated to the African American youth, encouraging them to take the leap and delve into the business world.
This helps bring attention to the remarkable life of this great businessman. . .
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