B.E. 40th ANNIVERSARY COVER GALLERY

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The January 2000 issue kick-started BLACK ENTERPRISE’s 30th Anniversary—and the Black Wealth Initiative, our financial literacy and empowerment program in response to the widening wealth divide between African Americans and white Americans.  The program included a Financial Fitness Contest – the winner received $2,000 and free advice from a financial planner – and our Declaration of Financial Empowerment, 10 money management principles to encourage African Americans to begin the process of building multigenerational wealth. By 2009, the program had been expanded into a companywide mission under our “Wealth for Life” banner.

The January 2000 issue kick-started BLACK ENTERPRISE’s 30th Anniversary—and the Black Wealth Initiative, our financial…