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Maggie Anderson

Born: 1971 in Miami, Florida
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Maggie received her JD and MBA from the University of Chicago and lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with her husband, John, and their two daughters.

Biography: As CEO and cofounder of The Empowerment Experiment Foundation, Maggie Anderson has become the leader of a self-help economics movement that supports quality black businesses and urges consumers, especially other middle and upper class African Americans, to proactively and publicly support them. She has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and CBS Morning News, among many other national television and radio shows.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Non-Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Maggie Anderson on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Our Black year :
ISBN: 9781610392280 OCLC: 845037383

An African American family chronicles their year-long commitment to patronizing only black-owned businesses, exposing economic inequality and inspiring a movement.

Our Black year :
ISBN: 1610390245 OCLC: 670481691

PublicAffairs, New York : ©2012.

On January 1, 2009, Maggie and John Anderson, a successful African American couple raising two daughters in a Chicago suburb, engaged in a social experiment to reinvest in the Black community and buy from only Black-owned businesses for a year. Throughout that time the Andersons combed Chicago in search of a Black-owned supermarket, dry cleaner, gas station, pharmacy, and clothing store. Our Black Year is the story of what they learned. Maggie examines the commercial exploitation of Black neighborhoods through the lens of her year supporting Black-owned businesses. She discovers that Black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial and ethnic groups in every measure of success, and argues that the social crises that disproportionately impact Black people and underserved Black neighborhoods could be countered through "conscious consumerism"--Supporting businesses that empower struggling communities. At once a personal journey and an investigation into the causes of a persistent economic suffering, this is a hard-hitting call to action to close a gaping hole in the American economy--one purchase at a time.--From publisher description.