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Joey and Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo – By Dr. Artika Tyner


“My books focus on inspiring young people to become changemakers and leaders. This book provides inspiration for young people to explore entrepreneurship. It empowers them to see themselves as the architects of our community by building business enterprises and investing in the community.” – Dr. Artika Tyner

Illustrated by Broderick Poole

Joey grew up in a historically African American neighborhood called Rondo during the 1940s. On his weekly Saturday adventure with his grandpa, he learns about the rich cultural heritage of his community and the power of entrepreneurship. Rondo was a thriving African American community with doctors, lawyers, dentists, restaurants, and retail shops. The history of Rondo was drastically changed in the 1960s when the government erected a new highway U.S. Interstate 94 which went directly through Rondo. The highway destroyed the economic engine of Rondo- entrepreneurship and small businesses but it did not destroy the vision of economic independence, education, and hope.

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