(HARLEM – June 26, 2018) – For the past 7 years, Blackwallstreetnews.com, and our sister channel, www.bmorenews.com, have presented New York City with our Black Wall Street events featuring the Joe Manns Black Wall Street Award.
Going back to our first awards in Washington, D.C. in 2011 with the help of Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Inc., we have aimed to celebrate black entrepreneurs and professionals as well as the people who support them regardless of race. Since then, we have honored hundreds in 5 US cities: New York, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans.
I must take a moment and thank some key people who consistently show up to assist. First of all, we have to thank Joe Manns of Joe Manns Awards and Trophies in Gwynn Oak, Maryland. We named the awards after him because his support has been priceless. Further, if you need a trophy or plaque, look him up. They also do embroidering and specialize in Divine 9 and Masonic gear.
Peggy Morris and Odessa Hopkins are two beautiful sistas I first met about a decade ago. As a matter of face, it was Peggy who introduced me to Odessa at an event that featured the late, great Raymond V. Haysbert, Sr., former CEO of Park’s Sausages headquartered in Baltimore.
These two have been soldiers who have helped the cause of promoting entrepreneurship in the African American community and to say the least, I am very grateful to know them. Over the years, they have been a steady force that’s helped propel our mission far and wide. The contacts that they both have are phenomenal, featuring the likes of Willie Jollie and George Fraser, two icons themselves.
And then there is Victor Pate, Vito Jones and Xavier Furs – our New York City connects. While Odessa linked us with Victor and Vito, we actually became close with Xavier Furs in Baltimore. These three men each have a powerful network that touches the streets to the suites.
In Washington, D.C., special thanks to Beverly Smith-Brown, Jennifer Hamilton, and Micheline Bowman.
And lastly, our Southern connects: Robert Scott in Atlanta and Corey Mathis in New Orleans.
Together, these individuals have helped mold and shape this business networking and awards series into a shining light, I pray. Oops, I can’t forget Chandra Pitts in Wilmington, Delaware, David Miller, Angela Hardy, and our driver, Lee Vaughan.
I probably could go on for days.
The point is that collectively – when we work together, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish. For the first 7 years, the goal has been to stay on the East Coast. I think now, we can start touching other cities across America.
If you are interested in bringing the Black Wall Street SERIES to your town or helping to sponsor an event, just give me a call at 443.858.2684. And thank you for your support.