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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Restaurant Owner and Operator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
There's Three Sides To Every Story. Your Side, My Side, And The Truth.

Birthplace

Born:
11/25/1948
Birth Location:
West Point, Georgia

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Restaurant Owner and Operator

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Christmas
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Jamaica, Hawaii
Favorite Quote:
There's Three Sides To Every Story. Your Side, My Side, And The Truth.

Birthplace

Born:
11/25/1948
Birth Location:
West Point
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Biography

McDonald’s owner/operator Blanton Canady was born November 25, 1948 in West Point, Georgia. His father was West Point’s first black police officer and his mother was a graduate of Talladega College. Canady attended Robert S. Abbott Elementary School in Chicago and graduated from Tilden Technical High School in 1966. At the University of Illinois, Canady was active in the African American Studies program where Val Gray Ward mentored him. He earned his B.A. degree in 1970 and was hired by Illinois Bell in telecommunications. While there, he enrolled in the University of Chicago and was awarded his M.B.A. degree in 1975.

Canady was hired at Xerox Corporation in 1973, but moved to American Hospital Supply in 1976. In 1980, a friend introduced him to the opportunity of owning a McDonald’s franchise. Assisted by his brothers Ronald and Mitchell, Canady obtained a franchise and then grew his business to seven restaurants with millions of dollars in sales. Following in the footsteps of Chicago’s Herman Petty, the first black McDonald’s licensee, Canady became active in the National Black McDonalds Owners Association (NBMOA) as president of the Great Lakes Region. Canady owns five restaurants including one at McCormick Place and another at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

Active on the boards of the Midwest Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation and the New South Planning Board, Canady and his wife,Yvonne, have two children.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Blanton Canady lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Blanton Canady describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Blanton Canady talks about his mother's childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Blanton Canady describes how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Blanton Canady describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Blanton Canady describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Blanton Canady talks about relocating to Chicago, Illinois as a boy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Blanton Canady talks about his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Blanton Canady describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Blanton Canady describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Blanton Canady describes the sights, sounds, and smells of West Point, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Blanton Canady describes his experience at Robert S. Abbott Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Blanton Canady describes his elementary school experience in Georgia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Blanton Canady describes forgetting his eighth grade valedictorian address
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Blanton Canady describes his experience at Tilden High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Blanton Canady recalls memorable teachers at Tilden High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Blanton Canady describes his computer software class at Tilden High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Blanton Canady talks about his early career interests in architecture
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Blanton Canady describes his experience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Blanton Canady speaks about HistoryMaker Val Gray Ward and the black studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Blanton Canady describes the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign's 'Black Student Union's Project 500'
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Blanton Canady describes pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Blanton Canady describes pledging Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Blanton Canady describes his education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Blanton Canady talks about deciding to pursue an M.B.A. at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Blanton Canady describes his experience in the M.B.A. program at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Blanton Canady speaks about his experience in the U.S. National Guard
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Blanton Canady describes his experience working at the Xerox Corporation while enrolled at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Blanton Canady describes being recruited by the American Hospital Supply Corporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Blanton Canady talks about developing an interest in entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Blanton Canady describes what he learned from his experience with the American Hospital Supply Coroporation
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Blanton Canady describes his experience at the American Hospital Supply Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Blanton Canady describes his experience at the American Hospital Supply Corporation
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Blanton Canady describes his start in restaurant franchising, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Blanton Canady describes his start in restaurant franchising, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Blanton Canady talks about the rewards in risk-taking
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Blanton Canady talks about his first McDonald's franchise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Blanton Canady describes the difficulties of restaurant management
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Blanton Canady describes the pitfalls of managing a McDonald's franchise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Blanton Canady describes his management style
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Blanton Canady explains the consequences of poor management at a McDonald's franchise
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Blanton Canady talks about black McDonald's owner-operators in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Blanton Canady talks about the first African American McDonald's owner-operator, Herman Petty
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Blanton Canady describes his proudest moment at McDonald's
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Blanton Canady talks about black-owned McDonald's locations in the Chicago area
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Blanton Canady talks about choosing themes for his McDonald's restaurants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Blanton Canady lists the volunteer organizations he is involved in
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Blanton Canady describes being elected president to the McDonald's Association of Chicagoland
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Blanton Canady describes his future plans as part of McDonald's Corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Blanton Canady explains the challenges in restaurant management
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Blanton Canady talks about senior citizen employment in the McDonald's corporation
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Blanton Canady addresses criticism of McDonald's
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Blanton Canady expresses his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Blanton Canady shares success stories about former employees
  • Tape: 5 Story: 13 - Blanton Canady reflects on what he would have done differently in his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Blanton Canady talks about his family's involvement in his McDonald's franchises
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Blanton Canady speaks about the deaths of his older brothers
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Blanton Canady talks about his children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Blanton Canady reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Blanton Canady describes how he would like to be remembered