WATCH: Rev. Jesse Jackson Speaks about Wall Street Project

Black Enterprise Senior VP Alfred Edmond speaks with Jesse Jackson about the economy, Wall Street, and where Black folks fit in

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For four days in New York City last week, great thinkers, economists and media partners came together at midtown’s Sheraton Hotel to discuss the economic power of African-Americans at the Wall Street Project Economic Summit. Organized by Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH organization, the summit, now in its 14th years, discusses access to capital and other challenges facing African-Americans.

Black Enterprise Senior Vice President Alfred Edmond spoke with Jackson for BlackEnterprise.com about the Project, how it has evolved over the years, and how, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., obtaining economic freedom is our duty.

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  • Judy Lynn Clark Ferguson

    STOP EXTORTING MONEY FROM CORPORATE AMERICA AND FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND MAYBE THE UNEMPLOYED CAN BECOME EMPLOYED FOR THE INDUSTRIES THAT THE BLOOD HAS SUCKED OUT OF FROM CON-ARTIST RACE HUSTLERS.

    • Elie Parker

      Blacks should not expect White people or the government to provide for them. Black people can escape poverty and achieve prosperity by building businesses, improving education, eating healthy, planning families, looking and acting professional, voting and avoiding vices such as, alcohol, drugs, gambling and tobacco products.

      • Just think

        Really? Is that how the white middle class has been created? Is that how financial banks and institutions have maintained their prominence? By providing for themselves? Or have they been provided to them by their friends in the government. Read some history and then you might be able to make an intelligent comment. Furthermore, understand that black people have only asked for what is owed and have only asked for an even playing field. We succeed based on our god given talents and intelligence. It is the underhanded and back room deals that put us under. So just play fair, we will do just fine.

        • Elie Parker

          We have wasted our time asking or begging for fair play for over 200 hundred years. It is now time to stop asking and start building.

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  • Mr. Black

    Are Blacks in a coma? 

    Unending rhetoric about some sort of inclusion into America’s greatness has got to cease. We have plenty evidence showing that this age long pursuit into the spoils of a blood guilty race,  has left us crippled morally and definitely spiritually; unlike our ancestors who witnessed first hand what this so called ‘inclusion’ represented.

    I can’t ask enough, why are we so persistent with getting our hands soiled by what they’ve illegally achieve? Especially in view of all of the lives affected by it!