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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Dempsey Jerome Travis  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1920 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 2009

-- Dempsey Jerome Travis on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Dempsey Travis was born and raised in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to his writing Travis actively participated in the Civil Rights Movement. He was president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) from 1959 to 1960. During the latter year he coordinated Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s first civil rights march in Chicago.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Autobiography of Black Chicago
ISBN: 0941484017

Urban Research Pr. 1991

Few were more qualified than Dempsey Travis to write the history of African Americans in Chicago, and none would be able to do it with the same command of firsthand sources. This seminal paperback reissue, An Autobiography of Black Chicago, emulates the best works of Studs Terkel — portraying the African American Chicago community through the personal experiences of Dempsey Travis, his family, and his fellow Chicagoans. Through his family's and his own experiences, plus those of the book's numerous well-respected contributors, Travis tells a comprehensive, intimate story of African Americans in Chicago. Starting with John Baptiste Point du Sable, who was the first non-Native American to settle on the mouth of the Chicago River, and ending with Travis's successes providing equal housing opportunities for Chicago African Americans, An Autobiography of Black Chicago acquaints the reader with the city's most prominent African American figures — told through their own words.

Autobiography of Black Jazz
ISBN: 0941484106

Urban Research Pr. 1983

Black singers, musicians, comedians, and performers reminisce about their lives and careers, their fellow entertainers, and famous jazz clubs

An Autobiography of Black Politics
ISBN: 094148405X

Urban Research Pr. 1987

Book by Travis, Dempsey J.

Real Estate Is the Gold in Your Future
ISBN: 0941484076

Urban Research Pr. 1988

You can learn how millions of dollars have been made in the field of real estate from the case studies of people entrepreneur Dempsey J Travis has guided home their personal paths to making fortunes. Mr. Travis earned millions for himself while helping others along the way. He has accumulated a multimillion dollar building empire since he entered the real estate business in August 1949, the month that he graduated from college. The author gained valuable experience in the real estate market as president and chief executive officer of Travis Realty Company, which he founded in 1949 he held the positions of Chairman and Pres. of the United mortgage bankers of America, 1960 to 1975 director of unity Bank trust (formerly Sears Bank and trust Company), 1976 to 1986 and director of the Seaway national Bank, Chicago, 1966 to 1976. As a member of Pres. Richard M Nixon's task force on urban renewal, Mr. Travis was one of the authors of the 1970 housing act. He also served as member of Pres. Gerald R Ford's task force on federal energy and the committee on inflation in 1974 and on the advisory committee of the federal national mortgage Association in 1971. During his 1954 to 1975 tenure as president and CEO of the Silver mortgage Corporation, Mr. Travis generated over 1.5 BN in mortgages for single and multifamily housing. His leadership in the mortgage banking industry was recognized in 1974, when he was presented and entrepreneur award finance by VP Nelson a Rockefeller in a White House ceremony. In 1984, he was appointed chairman of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington's real estate review committee. The potpourri of knowledge that Dempsey J Travis has acquired during his four decade involvement in all phases of the real estate business enabled him to become directly responsible for the financial enrichment of thousands of his clients. The purpose of this book is to share with you the principles that he shared with his clients.

Harold, the People's Mayor: An Authorized Biography of Mayor Harold Washington
ISBN: 0941484084

Urban Research Pr. 1988

Looks at the life and political career of Chicago's first black mayor.

Racism: American Style a Corporate Gift
ISBN: 0941484092

Urban Research Pr. 1990

Book by Travis, Dempsey J.

I Refuse to Learn to Fail: The Autobiography of Dempsey J. Travis
ISBN: 0941484122

Urban Research Pr. 1992

Book by Travis, Dempsey J.

They heard a thousand thunders
ISBN: 0941484289

Urban Research Press. 1999

Book by Travis, Dempsey