(BROOKLYN – March 9, 2016) – Black Wall Street BROOKLYN has been moved to a new location: Weeksville Heritage Center. It’s amazing how this came about, truly inspired from the heavens. After all, there is no better place in Brooklyn to truly host a Black Wall Street event. Weeksville is one of the first independent black communities in the United States.
“Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn’s largest African-American cultural institution, is a multidisciplinary museum dedicated to preserving the history of the 19th century African American community of Weeksville, Brooklyn – one of America’s first free black communities. Using a contemporary lens, we activate this unique history through the presentation of innovative, vanguard and experimental programs. Weeksville advances its mission through history, preservation, visual and performing arts, ecology and the built environment.”
Special thanks to Sister Angela Weusi for the solid recommendation. Special thanks also to Linda Marie Weaver, Odessa Hopkins, and our sponsors, Simple Wellness Day Spa www.dayspasw.com and REAL RADIO.
Now, get this: The original location we selected closed. I mention this because I am so reminded that being an entrepreneur is one of the most grueling tasks on earth and that an unfortunate reality is that sometimes businesses have to close. In essence, every single day for an entrepreneur is war. We salute these entrepreneurs and their courage.
Anyway, we are super-geeked to get to Brooklyn next week. If you’re in the area, we begin promptly at 3 pm at the Weeksville Heritage Center located at 158 Buffalo Avenue in Brooklyn. Our goal is to encourage entrepreneurship throughout Black America. Since we started in 2011, we have recognized hundreds of black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race in 5 major US cities: New York, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Atlanta and New Orleans. We present these awards in memory of the 600 black businesses that were utterly destroyed by land and by air in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1921 Race Riot. Further, we believe that with some one trillion dollars in annual disposable income in our grasp today, we have the power to better control our destiny; we just need some leadership and some teamwork.
Business, for us, is an integral key to successfully managing the challenges before us. FACT: As our businesses grow, the better we can hire people and help transform lives. Like Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford told Bmorenews, black businesses are more likely to hire black people. Given our supreme unemployment rate in the black community, strengthening black businesses is a seriously viable solution. We have to do a better job supporting these black businesses. It’s a must.
We should be of the mindset of expecting a black person to be the business owner. In Atlanta, they expect the person at the top to be black. It’s given and it is a mindset. We have to think like lenders, and not as borrowers. Maggie Walker, the first woman bank president in America, sure did think like a boss. So did Madam CJ Walker, Reginald F. Lewis, Henry Parks and countless others.
Seeing black businesses, personally, is a passion for me. Why? Because we can be successful with just a little bit of teamwork. It is in us. The spirit of cooperation is the most logical thing to do. The challenge is that we have gotten a bit stingy. We gotta stop this and work together. We can accomplish so much more. And we can direct our own destiny.
Nobody is going to fix Black American except Black Americans. I think it’s time we get on the ball.
Lastly, let me also mention that our awards are named after Joe Manns of Joe Manns Trophy and Awards in Woodlawn, MD. We named the awards after him because he is such a special person who helps a lot of people all the time. He epitomizes service and we truly appreciate both him and his business, a blessing to the DMV (DC/MD/Northern VA).
Our honorees for Black Wall Street BROOKLYN include:
We Promote Women,
Weeksville Heritage Center,
REAL RADIO &
Patricia Symonds Powell.