Black Wall Street Journey: The Economics of Black Chicago
@ Smart Museum of Art
Opening Wednesday, October 20th, from 5:30PM - 7PM
A virtual conversation with cultural and business leaders Rick Lowe and John W. Rogers, Jr.
Join us for a discussion of Black wealth-building in Chicago, focusing on the challenges, gains, and opportunities being made by Black businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents.
This conversation is presented with the current exhibition Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 and the Black Wall Street Journey project—a hub for neighborhood regeneration initiated by Lowe in Washington Park. The talk is also anchored by the centennial anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and observation of the historic Black Wall Street.
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Presented by the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art, Booth School of Business, and Arts + Public Life.
Artist; MacArthur Fellow; professor of art, University of Houston; and 2018–2021 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
John W. Rogers, Jr.
Chairman and co-CEO of Ariel Investments, Inc.; vice chair of the Board of Trustees, the University of Chicago; and great-grandson of J.B. Stradford, the “founder” of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street
Valerie Van Meter
CEO, Parity Partners, LLC, and former senior vice president and chief diversity officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
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