Illinois has 59 Legislative Districts,118 Representative Districts. According to statistics approximately 40 Black-African American communities with 132,000 Black owned Businesses. As a result of Illinois Black Wall Street's statewide observation there are over 75 Black Business Corridors of which approximately 30 are considered Black Wall Street Districts and 25 were destroyed as a result of the Red Summer Race Riots of 1919. Each of the 25 Black Wall Street Districts could be fully restored over the next 10 years creating a sense of value to the residents and motivation to reform those communities through creation of workforce development leading to gainful employment
Embracing Black-African History And Tracing The Blue Prints Of Economic Genocide, Equity Limitations And Exclusion To Pilot Positive Systemic Reform
Illinois Black Wall Street DBA Black Wall Street - Illinois was founded June 21, 2015 and incorporated August 24, 2015 by Urban Planner/Civic Leader A'ndrea Paxton and Jeffrey Dawkins, Small Business Owner/Founder of South Suburban Black Wall Street, a Small Business Venture networking Black Historical Tourism between Tulsa, Oklahoma's Greenwood Black Wall Street Business District to Chicago Black Wall Street Business District during annual Juneteenth Celebration. Ms. Paxton introduced the statewide concept and became a Board Sponsor during the planning stages and later as Project Partner through Harvey Area Chamber of Commerce.
State Representative LaShawn Ford, founding member of Chicago Black Wall Street was very instrumental in our 2015 Tulsa Convention Tour and in the 2016 presentation of House Resolution 1320 written by Ms. Paxton, making Illinois Black Wall Street DBA Black Wall Street - Illinois a premier organization. Leveraging of the House Resolution provisioned digital research and touring of Illinois Black Business Districts past and present. Data was collect to formulate several pilots that anchor the foundation for Social and Economic policies affecting Black-African American Communities through the rebuilding of Black Business Districts.
Reform never begins as a popular task however it's a necessary movement to end a long list of injustices used to redline, marginalize and despair our communities.
In the words of John Hope Franklin "We must go beyond the textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey."
" We've got to tell the unvarnished truth."
The State of Illinois accounts approximately 132,000 incorporated African American-Black businesses, an increase in growth of 18,000 more businesses since our 2016 study. Currently representing 11% of all incorporated businesses in Illinois, African American-Black businesses and the communities where they exist struggle to meet the minimum supply and demands to build the capacity that stimulat
Our mission is to connect with statewide reform innovators to implement a standard pilot by which Black Business Districts throughout Illinois and abroad partner to build capacity and economic growth that will raise a community standard in stakeholders who are vested as business owners and residents that motivate nonviolence, retain current businesses and incubate new businesses trending with economic development plans for economic sustainability. According to the Historical Black Wall Street Street standard and economic resources cycle, the local dollar circulated 30 times before leaving the community. This is exemplary of the primary Economic Law and theory in Supply and Demand. We are simply change agents in the move forward to reforming the rebuilding process for sustainable hope and equity in Black - African American Communities.
We over-stand the importance of capacity building and sustainability in the Black Community. Please join us in a plight to progressively move Reform for Generational Wealth and Reconciliation. Send us a message, or give us a call. We're always happy to connect with innovation!
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