Black Wall Street
Ohio Wesleyan Celebrates BIPOC Entrepreneurs
More than 300 students attended Ohio Wesleyan University’s first Black Wall Street event, learning more about the business ventures of BIPOC student-entrepreneurs and local BIPOC-owned or managed businesses.
The hourlong event was held Oct. 6 during the university’s first OWU Connection Conference.
“At the turn of the 20th century, the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, became one of the first communities in the country thriving with Black entrepreneurial businesses,” said OWU staff member Destiny Coleman, who helped to organize the new campus event.
“The prosperous town, founded by many descendants of slaves, earned a reputation as the Black Wall Street of America and became a harbor for African Americans in a highly segregated city under Jim Crow laws,” said Coleman, administrative director of The Woltemade Center for Economics, Business and Entrepreneurship.
OWU’s Black Wall Street was created as a way “to commemorate this movement,” Coleman said.
The event was held in partnership with The Woltemade Center, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, the Delaware Entrepreneurial Center at OWU, and the OWU Connection.
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