A night of honoring Black Excellence in the Valley of the Sun
While many people are unaware that in the early 1900s, Tulsa, Oklahoma was one of the most thriving and notable African American communities in the country - It was known as Black Wall Street. At one time, the community was occupied by 600 operating businesses which included medical facilities, schools, libraries, supermarkets, banks and much more. Due to domestic terrorism from a few local envious European Americans and Klan members, the beautiful communities were destroyed by arsonists and air-bombings. Although it is important to remember this history, which occurred on June 1, 1921, it is just as important to recognize the hundreds of dedicated everyday people who made that community successful.
Today, there are Black Wall Streets rebirthing all over the country.
Phoenix, Arizona has one of the most vibrant communities of networking black professionals on this side of the western hemisphere.
On Dec 2, 2016, Black Wall Street Phoenix and Wealthy Concepts held its 1st Annual Holiday Extravaganza Award Ceremony, honoring some of the Sun Valley's most recognized entrepreneurs, movers, and shakers in the business world of Phoenix.
The event Mistress of Ceremony was Miss Dee Desniege Jose. The keynote speakers of the evening were Dr. Vernet Alin Joseph, Author and CEO of Live To Produce Enterprises, LLC, and Tabia Megginson, Personal Care and Wellness Product, Developer.
Hundreds of beautiful black professionals and supporters attended this historic red carpet event and came together as a community to present awards honoring; Leadership, Humanitarian, Business Person of the Year, and Entrepreneur of the Year.
Dr. Vernet Joseph, winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year stated during his speech- "It's time for us to collaborate and participate so we can dominate. 2017 is the year to Collaborate."
I have to agree with Dr. Joseph. Working together and supporting each other is a natural remedy to strengthen the black economy. Did you know that - "The lifespan of a dollar in the Asian community is 28 days, in the Jewish religious community the lifespan of a dollar is 19 days and the lifespan in the African-American community is approximately six hours" Martin said during his news talk show on the black-owned cable network TV One.: Does A Dollar Spent In The Black Community Really Stay There For Only Six Hours?
It was great to see black economics in action as the attendees supported the participating local businesses and professionals who were vending at the event.
In all, the event represented what a network of like-minded individuals can accomplish, and the importance of acknowledging the people who aim to make a difference for themselves, the people around them, and the community they live.
"Black Wall Street of the 1920s was not built by entrepreneurs, it was built by regular folks who loved each other and who cared for each other and supported each other, and created an environment that made it possible for entrepreneurs to thrive and survive." said Abdul Speaks, winner of the Business Person of the Year
Black Wall Street Phoenix's Mission is to unite all people of African Descent under one economic umbrella for the purpose of commerce, education, entrepreneurship and business. If you are a new or developing business, you may want to visit the Black Wall Street Phoenix website and learn about their programs in the area of:
- Job readiness Business 101 classes
- Entrepreneur program for jr high and high school children
- Back to basic budget classes
- Website assistance
An additional resource for business wellness and your professional approach to the next level, you can reach out to Wealthy Concepts for help.