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We celebrate and honor the history, experience, and critical contributions of Black people. During Black History Month, explore Kauffman Currents for Uncommon Voices who illustrate the joy, brilliance, and economic power of Black America.

Nehemiah Frank

The economic power of Black business has always existed – despite it all – and the promise of Black Wall Street can exist again, at scale.

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Black Wall Street Times, Nehemiah D. Frank, writes that access and equitable investment are critical to addressing the widening racial wealth gap.

The economic power of Black business has always existed – despite it all – and the promise of Black Wall Street can exist again, at scale.

Andre Perry

Andre Perry wants you to know your history – and connect the dots.

In this Q&A, Andre Perry dives into the American problem of devaluation and suppression of Black communities – and how that hurts everyone.

Andre Perry wants you to know your history – and connect the dots.

Olivia Williams

I’m a young, Black Kansas Citian planning to move – KC, why should I stay?

Kansas City needs to invest in, make space for, and give its Black community resources to lead – or my young, diverse generation will take our talent, leadership, and drive to create equitable, anti-racist communities elsewhere.

I’m a young, Black Kansas Citian planning to move – KC, why should I stay?
A photo of Sherrell Dorsey

Black and brown communities are determining their own futures. Gatekeepers need not apply.

The Plug founder, Sherrell Dorsey, writes that no one is waiting around for the powers that be to grant access to the resources needed for progress.

Black and brown communities are determining their own futures. Gatekeepers need not apply.

In order to have a great America, there must be a great Black America. And to have a great Black America, we’ve got to have great Black businesses.

— Ron Busby, Sr.
President & CEO, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc.

Alesha Bowman | Photo by Christopher Smith

The doors will not be closed on Black entrepreneurs.

The pandemic dealt Black business owners, specifically, a blow that only magnifies the inequities built into the American economy. Black business owners in Kansas City, like entrepreneurs across the country, are managing the reality of now – and the history that got us here.

The doors will not be closed on Black entrepreneurs.

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