Sep 13th 2018

For the past couple months, several City Bureau Summer 2018 fellows have been looking at Black generational wealth in Chicago and the discriminatory policies (past and present) that stifle its growth. They have sought to answer the question—What is Black wealth? Through their reporting they’ve explored the cultural wealth of Chicago’s rich Black arts scene, the financial models created by Chicago’s Black businesses and more.

This week at the Public Newsroom reporters Erisa Apantaku, Arabella Breck, Olivia Cunningham and Tonia Hill will continue the conversation with panelists who can speak on the different interpretations of Black generational wealth from both a historic lens and into Chicago’s future. In addition, we will lead a reflection on what Black wealth means to us as individuals and invite all attendees to suggest how this project could be continued.

The team has used social media to open up the discussion of what Black wealth means and how Black Chicagoans are building wealth today. Check out the conversation and join the discussion by following #BlackChiWealth.

This event is part of City Bureau’s #PublicNewsroom programming, a series of free, weekly workshops and discussions aimed at building trust between journalists and the communities they serve while shaping a more inclusive newsroom.

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