Celebrate Black FamiliesSeptember 6, 2022
Black History: The First Known African American SettlementFebruary 2, 2023
How about asking yourself – Did anyone ever mention that since before the time brave, burdened ones were freed, they started businesses out of necessity? According to lessons learned from a book called “Collective Courage: A History of African American Cooperative Economic Thought and Practice”, mutual Insurance companies grew out of mutual-aid societies and Black-owned banks developed from those insurance companies. Can you believe no one thought little girls and boys of all races and backgrounds needed to know this positive, mentally uplifting, and invaluable financial education tidbit of American business history?
And oh, by the way, there is the note from an unknown —Wilson in 1924 who said these words “No race can be said to be another’s equal that can not or will not protect its own interest. This new order can be brought about once the Negro acknowledges the wisdom in uniting his forces and pooling his funds for the common good of all. Other races have gained wealth and great power by following this simple rule, and it is hoped someday the Negro will do the same.”
As civilized human beings, we must reason this systemic thing; and understand the depth and breadth of the stolen Africans brought to America. Some steps created a community of lack. I don’t believe in handouts. I do believe in equity. I don’t whine or ask for pity. I do lament and ask for justice.
Check out the link (Atlanta Black Star) for business moments in Black and Brown Communities: “10 Thriving Black Towns You May Not Have Learned About.“