(BALTIMORE – February 21, 2022) – In honor of this year’s Black History Month, we’d love for you to join us on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, from 6 to 8 pm for Black Wall Street Colin’s at Colin’s Seafood (1728 East Northern, Parkway, Baltimore, MD 21239).
As always, we celebrate Black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. To date, we have honored over 1,800 individuals in over a dozen US cities. Honorees receive the coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award.
The goal is both to help preserve little-known Black history and to encourage entrepreneurship, beginning in the Black community.
Doni Glover will also be signing copies of his books, “Unapologetically Black” and “I Am Black Wall Street”.
RSVP to Blackwallstreetcolins.eventbrite.com.
Honorees include Paul Ruppert.
Who is Paul?
Paul W. Ruppert is an innovative entrepreneur who opened his first restaurant, Ruppert’s Restaurant, with his family shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in European History in 1989. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Paul has enjoyed a career ranging from restaurants and real estate to economic development and nonprofit leadership, always with an eye for developing new talent.
Over the course of 25 years, Paul opened 9 restaurants and bars in Washington, D.C., each with a different vision and leadership team. His award-winning spots included Crane & Turtle, Room 11, and the original Passenger & Columbia Room. In 2016 the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington named him as a finalist for Restaurateur of the Year and Think Local First DC awarded him the Ripple Award for his effect on the local economy.
In addition to his work in the hospitality industry, Paul brought his entrepreneurial mindset to leadership roles in several nonprofit organizations including the American Irish Historical Society, Upper Georgia Avenue Main Street and now the Baltimore Public Markets Corporation. In 1995 he received his MA in Irish Studies from Catholic University and was recently named a Distinguished Fellow at Catholic University’s Busch School of Business.
Paul has been active in the arts as a founder of the Warehouse Theater & Gallery, owner of Upshur Street Books and a board member of Dupont Underground, Capital Fringe, and the Maryland Art Place.