Dr. Claude Anderson - Influential Black Leaders
Dr. Claud Anderson is president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, Inc. and The Harvest Institute, Inc. PowerNomics is a company that publishes his books and produces the multimedia presentations in which he explains his concept, PowerNomics. PowerNomics is a package of principles and strategies that explain “race” and offer a guide for Black America to become a more self-sufficient and economically competitive group in America.
Dr. Anderson's book, PowerNomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America, incorporates and reflects his past experiences: his academic research, business experience, both as an owner and a capital provider, and his varied political positions. He has held the highest positions in federal and state government and politics. He was State Coordinator of Education for Florida under Governor Reubin Askew during the tumultuous period of the 1970s. After successful social reform projects in Florida and leading president Jimmy Carter's Florida campaign to a win in the state, Carter appointed Anderson as the Federal Chairman for a commission of governors of southeast states. In that position (rank of assistant secretary in the U.S. Department of Commerce), he stimulated and funded economic development projects for the governors in those states. The seafood industry, at that point all wild catch, was a major sector focus. The projects he funded created jobs and businesses. Anderson has taught at all levels of education, was also executive director of two economic development corporations for the city of Miami, Florida and a major planner and coordinator for the 1988 Democratic Convention in Atlanta.
As an entrepreneur, Dr. Anderson built Maryland’s largest seafood producing facility and operated it for seven years, has owned radio stations, retail food outlets and a residential construction company.
Dr. Anderson is president of The Harvest Institute, a nationally recognized think tank that does research, policy development, education and advocacy to increase the self-sufficiency of Black America. Dr. Anderson's books, Black Labor, White Wealth: A Search for Power and Economic Justice and PowerNomics: The National Plan, are the foundation for Harvest Institute programs.
He lectures frequently to business groups, universities, churches and social organizations on the economic, social and political solutions he proposes. His books, all highly popular, are widely read throughout the United States and are used as textbooks in many universities and high schools.
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