(BROOKLYN, NY – May 3, 2017) – The ORIGINAL Black Wall Street SERIES *NYC *MD *DC *ATL *NOLA has been on a roll this year. Beginning in early January, Bmorenews has held two Black Wall Street meetings and hosted five awards ceremonies including two in Downtown Baltimore, one in Largo, one in Brooklyn and one at BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport.
Quite frankly, it doesn’t get much better than this. Well, when we start holding these in other countries, that indeed will be better; but, for now, we are eternally grateful for the work being done here in the states.
In short, we celebrate black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. Since our inception six years ago, we have recognized hundreds with the ever-coveted Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award.
To say the least, it is a labor of love. We understand that as black businesses grow, the better off the community is. No one hires black people like other black people, especially in cases where a person has a criminal record.
Those outside looking in may overlook that these criminals are our brothers, sons, fathers … sisters, daughters, mothers.
Lastly, it must never be forgotten that these awards are intended to pay homage to the 600 black businesses that were destroyed on May 31-June 1, 1921 in Tulsa. Of all of the black business districts (aka Black Wall Streets) across the country – including in Durham, Richmond, Brooklyn’s Weeksville Community, Mound Bayou (MS), and Baltimore, Tulsa was the grandest of all. Sadly, these businesses in Tulsa were bombed and burned to the ground, devastating a community of 10,000 black folks.