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The HistoryMakers video oral history with Willie L. Wilson.

Author: Willie Wilson; Larry Crowe; Matthew Hickey; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Edition/Format:   eVideo : Clipart/images/graphics : English
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Entrepreneur and gospel singer Willie Lee Wilson was born on June 16, 1948 in Gilbert, Louisiana. Wilson began as a custodian and later became one of the first black owners of a McDonald’s restaurant - owning five within two and a half years. In 1988, he founded and produced the first nationally syndicated African-American owned and produced Gospel program on commercial television that broadcasted internationally on  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Internet videos
Interviews
Named Person: Willie Wilson
Material Type: Clipart/images/graphics, Internet resource, Videorecording
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Willie Wilson; Larry Crowe; Matthew Hickey; HistoryMakers (Video oral history collection),
OCLC Number: 1003150617
Credits: Videographer, Matthew Hickey.
Performer(s): Larry Crowe, interviewer.
Event notes: Recorded
University Park, Illinois
2008 July 16.
Description: 1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 27 min., 31 sec.)) : sound, color.
Other Titles: History Makers video oral history with Willie L. Wilson
Willie L. Wilson

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Entrepreneur and gospel singer Willie Lee Wilson was born on June 16, 1948 in Gilbert, Louisiana. Wilson began as a custodian and later became one of the first black owners of a McDonald’s restaurant - owning five within two and a half years. In 1988, he founded and produced the first nationally syndicated African-American owned and produced Gospel program on commercial television that broadcasted internationally on WGN-TV. He also went on to sing Gospel music on his own and with the legendary Norfleet Brothers, creating four albums. A consummate entrepreneur, Wilson also founded Omar Medical Supplies, one of America’s fastest growing international medical supply companies, and Gemini Electronics, a telecommunications company that assists churches and non-profits in economic development. He was the recipient of a Doctor of Divinity from Mt. Carmel Theological Seminary, a Doctor of Humane Letters from Chicago Baptist Institute and other honorary doctorates.

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