The ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD *DC *ATL *NOLA Heads to Atlanta for 4th Annual Rendezvous
(ATLANTA – June 18, 2016) – When I think of the Black Wall Street Movement and then consider Atlanta, I believe the two go hand-in-hand. Atlanta, a majority black city, is an historic centre for black leadership and progress. Under the guise of people like the late Mayor Maynard Jackson, Atlanta evolved into a Southern powerhouse. Many call it the New York of the South.
As for business, Atlanta attracts some of the best and brightest minds in the country who have bought-in to the Atlanta model for the past 20 to 40 years. Consequently, Atlanta’s flavor has only gotten stronger. Further, black leaders know that the bar is high. As for everyday people, they have a certain expectation that black people are in-charge. They expect a business to be black-owned.
Wherever one looks, best believe that African Americans in Atlanta are in incredibly key positions in both the private and public sectors. And, with incredible institutions of higher learning across the landscape, this makes the pool of talent in the area that much stronger. Collectively, this makes for a stronger business climate.
And so, Bmorenews.com and its partners have taken the Black Wall Street SERIES to Atlanta for four consecutive years. Our next date is Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at 7 pm. Our venue is none other than Paschal’s.
To say the least, our Atlanta host of the Black Wall Street SERIES – beloved Morehouse brother Robert Scott – has picked a most appropriate backdrop for this year’s Black Wall Street ATL featuring the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Awards: Paschal’s.
Here’s a tad more on Paschal’s phenomenal legacy …
“…….Right about now we gon’ go back. Way back”… It all started in 1947 when James and Robert Paschal decided to open a 30-seater luncheonette on Hunter street (which many of our loyal guests still remember). Robert was a chef, and James had business savvy. Once the two combined forces, Paschal’s became a staple for the black community, and most notably the Civil Rights Movement.
“Paschal’s is as important a historical site for the American civil rights movement as Boston’s Faneuil Hall is to the American Revolution.” – Coretta Scott King
… As time passed, the Paschal’s name became synonymous with anything concerning black revolution in the 60s. The restaurant housed an innumerable amount of meetings with black leaders and strategists, such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“If you were there on any given morning, you could find a catalog of black leadership there eating, discussing problems, strategizing,” – Joseph E. Lowery
… At this point, the brothers had relocated to a new location that featured a motor hotel with 120 rooms, and the “La Carrousel Lounge” where guests were blessed with appearances by a plethora of jazz artists and musicians of the decade.