1st Historic National Planning Meeting/Convention of Black Wall Street Organization in Chicago August 20-23rd !! Register Today !
MARK ALLEN TALKS -- Historic National Grassroots Black Economic Empowerment Project being hosted in Chicago in August, 2010, the first national planning meeting of Black Wall Street organizations; "Blacks as a people had the united front to do it before in Tulsa and Chicago's Bronzeville community and Blacks today have the collective genious and resources to do it again," (Mark Allen, Board member of The Chicago Black Wall Street Project)
"Friends, Historically, Black people proved that we could take less that 40 city blocks and use our talents and resources to build the institutions for entertainment, education, economics, business and local job creation founded in the consumer power of Black people, and today, Chicago with it's being home to direct descendents of Black Wall Street in Tulsa, to many who lived and are living witnesses of Chicago's historic Bronzeville community; Chicago is the perfect place to host the very first meeting of Black Wall Street chapters across the country and lay out the blueprints for how Black people can use its current internal and external resources and partnerships to once again regain our culture and economic power and build Black Wall Street Districts in urban areas in Chicago and across the country!" (Mark S. Allen) ***************************************************
The 1st Black Wall Street National Convention will take place August 20 - 23, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois.
We expect this event to attract over 500 Black Business Owners and Professionals from across the nation.
This event will serve as a landmark event designed to provide business owners with the professional motivation and practical tools needed to accomplish our collective goal, which is to Sustain and Increase Black Businesses in Chicago and throughout the nation.
We look forward to a successful event and a great year focused on ―Sustaining and Increasing Black Businesses.‖
-- Ms. Sonja Perdue National Convention Coordinator Black Wall Street - Chicago 449 E. 35th Street (312) 239-8835 (312) 624-8351 www.BlackWallStreetDistrict.com
Former Chicago Urban League President Cheryle Jackson proclaimed that "Chicago will be the next Black Wall Street," and with that proclamation Jackson hired Mark Allen as a Special outreach consultant, and formed a partnership and outreach for The Chicago Urban League and under Jackson's leadership, her campaign to focus on sustain and increase Black business and local job creation. When The Black Wall Street Project was formed three years ago, through Cheryle Jackson's leadership, she allowed her staff from The League's new Entrepreneurship Center to provide technical assistance to The Black Wall Street Chicago Project and the free use of the League's Headquarters on 45th & Michigan for the early organizing efforts of Black Wall Street Chicago.
And probably the most significant partner that Black Wall Street had during its beginning and until today is the most generous partnership with legendary Chicago Real Estate Developer Elzie Higginbottom of East Lake Management and Development Corporation which provided the office space for The South Street Journal Newspaper, which then started the Black Wall Street Project after Mr. Higginbottom challenged Ron Carter, Publisher and Editor of The South Street Journal and current Chairman of The Black Wall Street-Chicago Project to "use this newspaper and space to something on sustaining and increasing Black businesses for poor people," and for three years this is exactly what The South Street Journal and The Black Wall Street-Chicago Project has done.!"
From those anchor organizing events of Black Wall Street-Chicago at The Chicago Urban League, and from our headquarters at 449 East 35th Street, this movement attracted over 300 local participants, and now has led to the key developments of noted Black elected officials like Illinois State Senator Donne Trotter, Cook County Clerk of The Circuit Court Dorothy Brown who led the public support for what is now the officlal designation of Chiacgo's 75th Street as Chicago's first Black Wall District designation with over 80% of the local businesses being Black owned and operated.!
And from there, more local Black officials like Illinois State Representative LaShawn K. Ford, Marlow Colvin, Alderman Ed Smith, Alderman Pat Dowell have joined the public campaign of official recognitions of Black Wall Street Districts on the South and West sides of Chicago, and of course there is the legendary United States Congressman Danny K. Davis who from the beginning has served as The Honorary Chairman of Black Wall Street-Chicago.