Celebrate Black History
Christopher Paul Gardner (born February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who, during the early 1980s, struggled with homelessness while raising his toddler son, Christopher, Jr. Gardner’s book of memoirs, The Pursuit of Happyness, was published in May 2006.
As of 2012, he is CEO of his own stockbrokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co, based in Chicago, Illinois, where he resides when he is not living in Toronto. Gardner credits his tenacity and success to the “spiritual genetics” handed down to him by his mother, Bettye Jean Triplett, née Gardner, and to the high expectations placed on him by his children, son Chris Jr. (born 1981) and daughter Jacintha (born 1985). Gardner’s personal struggle of establishing himself as a stockbroker while managing fatherhood and homelessness is portrayed in the 2006 motion picture The Pursuit of Happyness, directed by Gabriele Muccino, starring Will Smith.
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This Day In Black History (Feb. 8):
1. BIRTHDAY OF JAZZ GUITAR PIONEER (1899-1970) – Alonzo “Lonnie” Johnson, jazz singer/guitarist who pioneered the role of jazz guitar and is recognized as the first to play single-string guitar solos was born on this day in New Orleans.
2. WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORRESPONDENT (1944) – On this date in 1944, Harry S. McAlpin was the first African-American journalist admitted to a white house press conference.
- The Pursuit of Happyness (sivienna.wordpress.com)
- Chris Gardner, who drew our beautiful Drawn logo, shows some… (drawn.ca)