Books That Inspired The Book

Black Faces in White Places draws ideas and content from a long list of literary works spanning business, education, popular culture, psychology, leadership, sociology, organizational development, philanthropy, race relations, self-help, and social commentary, as well as various biographies and autobiographies.

  • Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun

    by Reginald Lewis

    Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun is the biographical and autobiographical account of the life of the late Reginald Lewis, the first African American to run a billion-dollar business empire. Lewis was in the midst of writing his remarkable story when he experienced an untimely death. It was subsequently completed by co-author Blair Walker, who conducted interviews with Lewis’ family and close friends. Lewis’ goal was to become the richest Black man in America and the book tells an inspiring account of how he succeeded to do exactly that.

  • How to Success in Business Without Being White

    by Earl Graves

    How to Success in Business Without Being White is written by Earl Graves, the founder and CEO of Black Enterprise, a pioneering magazine geared toward African American business professionals. The book offers straight talk and straightforward advice for Blacks on how to navigate the business world.

  • The Rage of a Privileged Class

    by Ellis Cose

    The Rage of a Privileged Class examines the discrimination that even affluent and well-educated African Americans are subjected to and its impact on their personal and professional lives. Written by Ellis Cose, the book brings these stories to life based on in-depth interviews conducted with several successful African Americans.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

    by Stephen Covey

    The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a self-help guide written by Stephen Covey. The book offers power lessons in personal change. It was a #1 national bestseller that has sold more than 15 million copies in 38 languages since it was first published.

  • Good To Great

    Good To Great

    by Jim Collins

    Good to Great is a management book written by Jim Collins. It’s about the transitions that companies undergo and the progress towards greatness that these companies make from transitioning. From Collins’s perspective, a company described as “Great” is a company that maintains financial performance above the norm.

  • Awaken the Giant Within

    Awaken the Giant Within

    by Anthony Robbins

    Awaken the Giant Within is a book that focuses on the psychology of average human beings in an attempt to fix problems at the source. Robbins tackles the audience’s conflict head on by exploring the minds of the readers and unhinging their dreams and aspirations from inner doubt.

  • Success Runs in Our Race

    Success Runs in Our Race

    by George Fraser

    Success Runs in Our Race is a motivational book written by George C. Fraser that emphasizes the importance of networking in the business world. It mentions a variety of networking habits and methods such as, probably the simplest, attentive listening.

  • Release Your Brilliance

    by Simon Bailey

    Release Your Brilliance is a self-help book written by Simon T. Bailey that teaches readers how to tap into the potential they have “lost”. In reminding the audience that potential is never non-existent, the book emphasizes its own philosophy of value.

  • Seven Kinds of Smart

    by Thomas Armstrong

    Seven Kinds of Smart is Thomas Armstrong’s new take on intelligence. Instead of obsessing about the 2 common measures of intelligence (mathematical and linguistic), Armstrong chooses to acknowledge the fact that there are other forms of knowing and that these obscure forms are just as important as the others in finding individual purpose in this world.

  • The Fifth Discipline

    by Peter Senge

    The Fifth Discipline is a book written by Peter Senge that attempts to relay the secrets of success to the audience through lessons dealing with group problem solving. The book emphasizes the concept of Systems Thinking, contemplating the tasks of individual components and understanding how those tasks affect the entity as a whole.

  • Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground

    by Angela Glover-Blackwell, Stewart Kwoh, and Manuel Pastor

    Searching for the Uncommon Common Ground is written by Angela Glover-Blackwell, Stewart Kwoh, and Manuel Pastor. Acknowledging the facts of racial conflict, this book allows the Black vs. White conversation to continue, but brings in groups that are underrepresented in the discussion. After all, the word “race” does not simply denote people with variations in skin color.

  • Momentum

    by Allison Fine

    Momentum is Allison Fine’s refreshing paradigm on society and the way its members function and communicate. In no way does she denounce newly developed technological innovations, but instead speaks of ways to move forward using the knowledge we have on these advances.

  • Giving

    by Bill Clinton

    Giving is a book written by former U.S. president Bill Clinton. Clinton defines what giving really is: solving issues not necessarily with money, but with benevolence and sincerity. He expresses that charity is not limited to sending things abroad; this country has its flaws and we should put some effort into fixing them as well as helping people overseas.

  • Breaking Through

    by David Thomas and John J. Gabarro

    Breaking Through is written by David Thomas and John J. Gabarro and speaks on the challenges of reaching the executive ranks in America. In place of a list of steps that may seemingly guarantees results, this book emphasizes the reality of work; success is determined by preparation, opportunity, and luck.

  • The Purpose-Driven Life

    by Rick Warren

    The Purpose-Driven Life is an inspiration-oriented book written by Rick Warren. Warren himself describes the work as an “anti-self-help book”-“finding purpose is not about us”, he says. He emphasizes the idea that God has already decided our purposes. The book just gives its readers a means of finding those purposes.

  • The Tipping Point

    by Malcolm Gladwell

    The Tipping Point is a social study written by Malcolm Gladwell. According to Gladwell, Tipping Points are stages where change and its ever-growing momentum cannot be stopped. In defining the term, he seeks to explain everyday life and the social phenomena that compose it.

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad

    by Robert Kiyosaki

    Rich Dad, Poor Dad has become a classic book for teaching the difference between income and wealth. Framed through the perspective of Robert Kiyosaki’s two dads – one rich and one poor – the book is perhaps best known for its “CASHFLOW Quadrants” to distinguish between an Employee, Business Owner, Self-Employed, and an Investor.

  • Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice

    by Dennis Kimbro

    Think and Grow Rich: A Black Choice by Dennis Kimbro is based on the same principles of wealth found in the bestselling book, Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill. When Hill died, his foundation chose Dennis Kimbro to translate his principles and his remaining work targeted at African Americans into a book that could promote wealth in the Black community.

  • Success Never Smelled So Sweet

    by Lisa Price

    Success Never Smelled So Sweet: How I Followed My Nose and Found My Passion is the memoir of Lisa Price, who took her passion for making gifts for family members and friends such as fragrances, oils, and moisurizers, into a thriving business, Carol’s Daughter, whose natural beauty products line the shelves of celebrities such Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and many more. Lisa and her products have appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Tyra Banks Show, and the Rachael Ray Show. Moreover, in addition to her own retail boutiques across the country, her products are available in Dillards, Macy’s, Sephora’s, and on the Home Shopping Network.

  • The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey

    by Oprah Winfrey

    The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey: A Portrait in Her Own Words by Oprah Winfrey and Bill Adler is an unauthorized biography of Oprah Winfrey, a media mogul whose accomplishments as a television host, actress, producer, magazine publisher, studio and television network owner, philanthropist, and the only Black woman billionaire in the world, are even more

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a self-help guide written by
Stephen Covey. The book offers power lessons in personal change.  It was a
#1 national bestseller that has sold more than 15 million copies in 38
languages since it was first published.

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  1. Success Runs in Our Race is a motivational book written by George C. Fraser that emphasizes the importance of networking in the business world. It mentions a variety of networking habits and methods such as, probably the simplest, attentive listening.

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