Black Wall Street HARLEM to Recognize Ivelisse Gilestra, April 8, at the Harlem Business Alliance

(HARLEM – March 21, 2022) – returns to New York City for Black Wall Street HARLEM on Friday, April 8, 2022 (5 pm), at the Harlem Business Alliance, located at 275 Malcolm X Blvd. # 2, New York, NY 10027. The event will feature the coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award. Established by and Sisters4Sisters Network in Washington, D.C. in September 2011, these awards were designed to 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 more than a dozen US cities. We aim to encourage entrepreneurship, beginning in the Black community, and we aim to help preserve little-known Black Wall Street history.

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Hosted by Tasemere Gathers of the DMFirm and (Chaplain) Victor Pate, this event is sure to jerk a tear. Honorees include devoted advocates for persons returning home. One such honoree is Ivelisse Gilestra.

Who is Ivelisse?

Ivelisse Gilestra currently works as a community organizer for Queens Power. She believes in deconstructing the narrative which enforces a harmful assimilation and normalization on the effects of the PIC in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. Dissenter by nature and birthplace, she envisions effective ways of defining justice inclusive of community healing, and political education uprooting the historical wounds of colonialism. She is a graduate of Rutgers University and is currently working with the New York for Full Restoration of Voting Rights Coalition on a campaign to end felony disenfranchisement in New York State.