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Building the Black MetropolisAfrican American Entrepreneurship in Chicago$
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Robert E. Weems and Jason P. Chambers

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041426

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041426.001.0001

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The Politics of the Drive-Thru Window

The Politics of the Drive-Thru Window

Chicago’s Black McDonald’s Operators and the Demands of Community

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(p.171) Chapter 8 The Politics of the Drive-Thru Window
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Building the Black Metropolis
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Marcia Chatelain

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041426.003.0009

This chapter examines the economic and political factors that contributed to the building of black McDonald’s ownership in Chicago. Urban violence, Black Power movement ideologies about economic self-determination, and community demands for socially responsible businesses in the inner city undergirded McDonald’s approach to winning over black customers. Herman Petty, the owner of the first black-owned McDonald’s franchise in Chicago, later helped organize the National Black McDonalds Operators Association (BMOA). The BMOA created a space for black operators to leverage their collective power within McDonald’s and to serve as leaders in the predominately black and working class communities that supported their restaurants.

Keywords:   McDonalds, Black Power, Socially Responsible Inner City Businesses, Herman Petty, National Black McDonald’s Operators Association

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