Rebuilding Black Wall Street for Us All

Mar 13, 2022

10:00am – 11:00am CT

Is Black business ownership the path to economic equity? Can we rebuild Black Wall Streets across America in ways that benefit everyone? We often talk about bringing jobs to struggling communities, but creating wealth vs. providing paychecks are two different strategies. Black Wall Street in Tulsa and numerous other Black business districts in places like Atlanta, Georgia, and Durham, North Carolina, were thriving Black business districts despite the economic and social burdens of segregation and Jim Crow policies in the American south. How can we learn from the success of these Black business districts and use those lessons to build localized economies that benefit everyone with a larger tax base, lower need for emergency and support services, and more jobs for all.

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Nehemiah Frank

The Black Wall Street Times

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Karen Freeman-Wilson

Chicago Urban League

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Philip Gaskin

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

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Melissa Harris-Perry

Wake Forest University

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