(BALTIMORE – February 25, 2016) – I had to take a moment and congratulate all of the people in the community who came out tonight to Black Wall Street NORTH AVENUE for a very powerful evening. Over and over, I heard people invariably say, “I am North Avenue.” I am touched that North Avenue still means a lot – especially to people I know.
I, too, love North Avenue.
Ed Anthony, one of our Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award recipients, may have explained it best. He said that North Avenue essentially teaches us two lessons: Go right or go left. Do something with your life or become a statistic. I guess it really is that simple.
Tonight, we had a restaurant (Nancy by SNAC, 131 W. North Avenue) packed with people from all walks of life: from the Dreadlock to the trial attorney, artist and bureaucrat, alike; we had a beautiful cross-section blend of the most beautiful pieces of our community.
Thomas Hardnett, John Bugg, and Sanjay Thomas ensured the evening was properly arranged. Thank you, Gentlemen! Special thanks also to Mr. Kevin “Downtown” Brown, a super-wonderful retired journalist turned restaurateur. He is the owner of Nancy by SNAC, which specializes in breakfast and lunch (Check ‘em out!).
The ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD *DC *ATL *NOLA was founded in Washington, DC in 2011 by Bmorenews and Sisters4Sisters Network, Inc. We have been many places with these awards, including Harlem, the United Nations, Busboys & Poets in DC, the ATL and the Big Easy …. celebrating black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. To date, we have recognized hundreds in five US cities.
Probably the most famous honoree is the Late Marion Barry, Mayor for Life of Washington, D.C. I thank God for such a sacred opportunity. Marion Barry epitomized black empowerment, and that is exactly what message we are aiming to spread: That we can do anything – especially if we work together. With one trillion dollars in annual disposable income, I personally believe we can do most anything imaginable.
The next event, Black Wall Street BROOKLYN, is set for Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at Elberta’s in Brooklyn, NY and hosted by NYC’s 103.9 fm’s Marc Clarke (Yeah, our Marc Clarke!). Join us for *business networking at its finest!
Do stay-tuned to www.bmorenews.com, the news before the news where we uncover the truth.
These Black Wall Street awards are done in memory of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street that was bombed and burned to the ground in 1921 because it was so damn successful! An entire community with over 600 businesses were destroyed in an all-out assault on black life.