By Bmorenews Staff
(BALTIMORE – February 17, 2016) – The next Black Wall Street event, Black Wall Street NORTH AVENUE, is set for Thursday, February 25, 2016 from 6 to 8 pm at Nancy by SNAC, 131 W. North Avenue. This is a part of the ongoing ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD *DC *ATL *NOLA founded in 2011 in Washington, D.C.
2016 represents the 5th consecutive year of these awards whereby hundreds of black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race have been recognized in five major US cities.
Honorees receive the coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award.
This “Black History Month 2016” cadre includes Baltimore-born Attorney Eric Lee Bryant.
Who is Eric?
Eric Bryant is an attorney, business consultant, civil rights leader, and influential power broker. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, educated in Baltimore City public schools, at the Gilman School, Duke University, and the University of Maryland School of Law.
Eric started his career as a college student in the offices of then Congressman Kweisi Mfume and then U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes. From there, he interned at the United States Department of Justice and joined a corporate law firm in downtown Baltimore as a civil litigator, focusing on complex disputes between Fortune 500 companies.
Consistent with his moral compass, Eric became deputy field secretary for the NAACP in 2000 where he travelled across the country to work in concert with NAACP leaders and volunteers on high profile and low profile civil rights matters. Voting rights, education parity, equal treatment in places of public accommodation, and police accountability were an everyday part of his core mission. “It was the most honorable job in the world,” Eric says of his time at the NAACP.
Since 2003, Eric has represented corporations, trade associations, and not for profit organizations before the Maryland General Assembly, three Maryland governors, mayors, county executives, county councils and city councils. His efforts have helped to expand the voting rights for former felons, legalized the use of very popular technology for ride hailing alternatives, created thousands of jobs through legalized casino gaming, advanced the horseracing industry in Maryland, formalized internet protocols in taxation and privacy, expand healthcare to our lower income neighbors, and more.
Having become close to Kweisi Mfume, Ben Cardin, Martin O’Malley, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and more, Eric has aided successful campaigns in Maryland since the turn of the century. He is a devout Christian and family man.
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