The Power of Acknowledgment: Talking Race, Recognition and Reparations with Rep. Lawrence

“Black America is still having our first in so many things. I mean, everyone was crazy with excitement because of got our first black woman to be on a major ticket. When we look at the disparities, think about the families who have the opportunity and access to education. One of the major things that happened in Jim Crow was denying education, denying ownership of property” , Representative Lawrence

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A Small Spark: Detroit and Redeveloping the Black Economy

Rufus Bartell is high on Detroit’s continued momentum even amid COVID-19. The entrepreneur and owner of the clothing boutique Simply Casual continues to help lead the redevelopment of the Avenue of Fashion and thinks Detroit can serve as the model for redeveloping Black America financially. The President of the Independent Business Association discussed, entrepreneurship, racial justice and equity with the Detroiter. 

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The truism “action speaks louder than words” was evident when TCF Financial Corporation Executive Chairman Gary Torgow announced in July his bank will provide $1 billion in loan commitments to minority communities and minority- and women-owned small businesses, and $10 million in grants to assist low-to-moderate income home buyers.  

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