Thursday, January 17, 2008

The Black Wall Street

I am all in favour of Black people taking responsibility for our own development and progress. This is one reason why I publish Black Success Stories.

I also understand the importance of being historically accurate.

The next time someone says Black people need to deal with our own issues and stop blaming white people, tell them about the Black Wall Street.

"The best description of Black Wall Street, or Little Africa as it was also known, would be liken it to a mini-Beverly Hills. It was the golden door of the Black community during the early 1900s, and it proved that African Americans had successful infrastructure. That's what Black Wall Street was all about.

The dollar circulated 36 to 100 times, sometimes taking a year for currency to leave the community. Now in 1995, a dollar leaves the Black community in 15 minutes. As far as resources, there were Ph.D.s residing in Little Africa, Black attorneys and doctors. One doctor was Dr. Berry who owned the bus system. His average income was $500 a day, a hefty pocket change in 1910. "
Like many African American communities, it prospered and thrived until destroyed by white people in riots which burned it down, displacing thousands of people.

This is just one of the
African Heritage Resources on my Nurture Success site.

Knowledge is power.

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