The so-called American dream is out of reach. A great deal of research confirms what we already know — investments in communities of color are paramount to mitigating racism and historic disinvestment. Existing policy is insufficient.
White families typically make 10 times that of Black families, one of many financial gaps that come from decades of discriminatory policies and nearly three centuries of slavery.
There are extreme disparities in employment, home ownership, and housing affordability in the Black community.
Closing the revenue gap between Black and white businesses would generate an additional $290 billion for the U.S. economy.
The lack of racial equity in how the American economy functions severely impacts Black people, who are systematically restricted from being fully realized participants. Economic equity is a crucial part of establishing holistic racial equity for Black people. It's not just important that Black people be able to contribute to the economy as workers and consumers, but also as owners with the same access to resources and chance at success as anyone.
CONNECTING TO OUR FINANCIAL FUTURE
Economic equity is a crucial part of establishing holistic racial equity for Black people. It's not just important that Black people be able to contribute to the economy as workers and consumers, but also as small business owners with the same access to resources and chance at success as anyone. Get started by taking control of your credit journey.
WHAT WE'RE FIGHTING FOR
Investments in community-driven strategies support diversity, equity, inclusion, and allyship. We work to expand access and participation in markets for Black workers, consumers, and business owners, and create more paths of entrepreneurship through building infrastructure for cooperative development, inclusive procurement, incubators, and accelerators..
the future of black workers
Citizen-led movements help amplify the voice of workers toward growing a strong middle-class economy. We support developing entrepreneurs and business ownership models that can create or retain jobs in our communities, while leveraging innovative partnerships to train workers for in-demand jobs and jobs of the future.
All persons deserve to earn livable wages and benefits with opportunities to build credit, acquire financing, develop assets, and create savings and other investments. We advance policy, practice, and systems change to close the racial wealth gap.
MEET DR. JANICE LITTLE
Dr. Janice Little's work as the Committee Chair of Economic Development for the NAACP Missouri City & Vicinity Branch. Dr. Little is committed to helping people achieve their highest potential by promoting economic growth and development in Fort Bend County. Our site provides valuable insights into Dr. Little's work and how she is making a difference in the lives of many.
PAVING THE WAY FOR BLACK BUSINESSES
we pledge in 2024 to continue providing a growing resource of money, networks, and opportunities for Black business owners in Fort Bend County. This is a pivotal step towards putting Black business at the forefront of our economy.
INCLUSIVE ECONOMIC POLICIES
Accelerating an inclusive economy requires bold policy solutions, and a sustained and comprehensive multi-sector approach — working alongside community leaders, elected officials, and allies to close opportunity gaps.