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Author Birdel Jackson is a 4th generation entrepreneur who, along with his wife Edith served as principals of their engineering firm spanning 3 decades.

Birdel was born on Beale Street in segregated Memphis Tennessee and raised for the first 14 years of his life with his younger sister, parents, and grandparents.

The family was the beneficiary of their merchant-planter great grandparents Ella and Edward Jackson who built the family’s home in 1923.

This nurturing environment was the solid foundation of ideas, habits, friendships, religious training, and motivation for the family’s success.

Mother Leslieann was the constant motivator of her two children. Born in Virginia, raised in New Jersey, she often confronted the legal segregation of Memphis and its southern customs.

Father Birdel Jr. battled segregation and racism in the US Coast Guard. Patriarch grandparents Gladys and Birdel Sr. were educated at Black colleges during the second decade of the 20th century.

Their stories are chronicled in the three books outlined in the following narratives.