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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

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

Marcia Chatelain

University of Illinois Press

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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