from Jason P. Chambers
Tom Burrell transformed the image of African Americans in advertising.
Over a forty-year career, Chicagoan Tom Burrell changed the face of advertising and revolutionized the industry’s approach to African Americans as human beings and consumers. In this authorized biography, Jason P. Chambers offers a compelling and “soulful” portrait of the groundbreaking creator and entrepreneur.
Jason P. Chambers, Ph.D.
As a writer and historian, Jason is the author of two books and co-editor of a third. His books examine the history and contributions of African Americans in the the advertising industry.
Jason is also a Professor in the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He currently teaches courses on diversity in advertising, advertising history, classic advertising campaigns.
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Madison Avenue and the Color Line
Until now, most works on the history of African Americans in advertising have focused on the depiction of blacks in advertisements. As the first comprehensive examination of African American participation in the industry, Madison Avenue and the Color Line breaks new ground by examining the history of black advertising employees and agency owners.
Building the Black Metropolis
From Jean Baptiste Point DuSable to Oprah Winfrey, black entrepreneurship has helped define Chicago. Robert E. Weems Jr. and Jason P. Chambers curate a collection of essays that place the city as the center of the black business world in the United States