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Dr. Randal Pinkett
June 30, 2010

Elevate your game

Dear Friends,

With only five months remaining until the release of Black Faces in White Places, this month we reflect on the Five Major Eras of African American History, leading to the present to which many refer as the “Age of Obama”:

1. Slavery and the Civil War Era (Circa 1619-1865) - Africans did not come to North America; they were brought to North America against their will, in order to satisfy the need for labor in several rapidly growing colonies. While the Civil War to end slavery ensued in 1861, and the Emancipation Proclamation that freed enslaved Africans was made official in 1863, the war did not end until 1865.

2. Reconstruction Era (Circa 1865-1896) - In the post-war, post-slavery South, a series of laws were enacted to deny Blacks' basic activities and fundamental freedoms.

3. Jim Crow Era (Circa 1896-1954) - During the post-Reconstruction era, a new series of laws – known as "separate but equal" - were passed to segregate Blacks from whites.  The landmark legal case that governed this era was Plessy v. Ferguson.

4. Civil Rights Era (Circa 1954-1968) - This era was spawned by the passing of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, which reversed Plessy v. Ferguson; the brutal murder of Emmett Till in 1955 by two southerners who were later acquitted; and, ultimately, Rosa Parks refusal to give her seat on a bus in 1955.  The Civil Rights Movement was led by a young pastor, Martin Luther King, Jr., until his assassination in 1968.

5. Post-Civil Rights Era (Circa 1968-Present) - Despite the rise of successful entrepreneurs such as Cathy Hughes and David Steward, and successful corporate executives such as Don Thompson and Deborah Elam, and successful public officials such as President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, there are still very few "Black Faces in White Places."

Today, we live in an era where African Americans have made tremendous progress, but there is still tremendous work to be done.  As we reflect on the past 500 years – from the slave house to the White House – in this month’s newsletter we profile another Black Faces interviewee, Cory Booker, who was recently elected Mayor of the City of Newark, NJ, for a second term. He, a fellow Rhodes Scholar, has led a concerted effort to strengthen Newark, NJ, where my business, BCT Partners, is headquartered. Finally, we pay tribute to the late Dorothy Height, matriarch of the civil rights movement and “game-changer” for us all.

Peace and blessings,



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Randal's NEW Book, Black Faces in White Places, Available to Pre-Order








Learn more about my management and technology consulting firm, BCT Partners.

Cory Booker: The Story of My Newark Life

Video Cory Booker tells the story about what he saw in the city of Newark as a young law student, his internal transformation, and shares a life lesson from which everyone can learn. Click video to view.


Randal and his Alpha Phi Alpha Brothers at the University of Michigan   Randal and his wife Zahara with former First Lady Laura Bush at the Covenant House Gala
  Randal, Dallas Lee Bell, and William Rolack, Jr. at the World Diversity Leadership Summit


Tribute To Dorothy Height: A Woman Who Changed the Game

Strong, enduring, accomplished, tenacious. These words could describe quite a few “game-changing” African Americans during the civil rights era, but none quite like the late Dorothy Height. During a most trying and tumultuous time in the civil rights struggle, she helped orchestrate strategy with movement leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Roy Wilkins, A. Philip Randolph, and John Lewis. View Ms. Height’s legacy from behind the lens.


Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing “the game”--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old “glass ceiling,” but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

Available: October 2010
Pre-Order: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2009 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com or call 201.618.1101. For business, publicity and media inquires, please contact Ms. April Peters at 973.622.0900 x103 or apeters@bctpartners.com.

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