Rev. Jesse Jackson visits NYC for 23rd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit

Cyril Josh Barker | 3/1/2020, 9:12 a.m.
Raising critical questions addressing equity and fairness on Wall Street, access to capital, and closing the racial wealth gap is ...
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Raising critical questions addressing equity and fairness on Wall Street, access to capital, and closing the racial wealth gap is the focus of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s 23rd Annual Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit. The theme for this year’s summit is “A Call for a Moral Economic Agenda.”

Scheduled to take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, this year’s summit will take place on March 10 through 12 and will feature an array of panel discussions, seminars and forums. Jackson said that he wants to ignite a conversation about a more inclusive economy.

“As we enter this new decade, our mission is to continue our efforts in increasing opportunities for minorities and women,” said Rev. Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and organizer of the Wall Street Project. “Because we live in tense and disruptive political times, now is time to do the serious work of advancing economic inclusion, closing the racial wealth gap, and promoting business and career opportunities for communities that continue to be excluded.”

Jackson adds that the summit will bring entrepreneurs, corporate executives and some of the nation’s leading policymakers together to advance practical business and policy solutions to increase business and employment opportunities for African Americans, women, and all people of color.

“It is imperative that we come together to address the moral economic crisis that confronts us all,” Jackson said. “We are starting the conversation here because history is an unbroken continuity that cannot be denied, and the history of Wall Street itself informs why we must act with a sense of urgency.”

Kicking off March 10, the summit will begin with a supplier and diversity panel discussion with Adrienne Trimble, president & CEO, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), followed by a Supplier Diversity Meet & Greet: Money Managers and Tech sessions. The days will close with an opening reception celebrating the release of Jackson’s new book, “Keeping Hope Alive: Sermons and Speeches of Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. with Grace Ji-Sun Kim” (Orbis Books, 2019)

On March 11, activities include the Corporate Board Diversity Panel moderated by John W. Rogers, Jr., chief executive officer & chief investment officer, Ariel Investments, followed by the Global and Africa Diaspora Investment Forum Series moderated by Olivier Kamanzi, president & CEO, Africa Global Chamber of Commerce, The Wall Street Project Business Luncheon, The Business of Hip Hop, and The Business of Sports.

That evening, the Wall Street Summit will host the “Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund 23rd Annual Wall Street Project Scholarship Gala Reception,” which will include distinguished honorees and entertainment.

The summit will wrap up on March 12 with a Broker-Dealer Session, Closing the Racial Wealth Gap panel, the Faith and Labor Leaders Luncheon, and closing session wrap up of the three days that will culminate with the release of our Moral Economic Agenda.

“As a nation, we cannot hide from the past, nor engage in an extended exercise of rehashing 400 tragic years of economic ‘EX-clusion’,” Jackson said. “We must continue to push to expand opportunities, close the racial wealth gap, and establish a moral economic agenda that works for all of us.”

For more information and to register for the summit, visit http://www.rainbowpushwallstreetproject.org/registration.html.