Thursday, January 14, 2010

Respect for Jesse Jacskon's Wall Street Project

I attended the Rainbow/Push Wall Street Project in midtown Manhattan yesterday. The projects goals are fantastic! The goals are to increase corporate dollars spent with minority suppliers, to influence the business and economic policy of the US, to educate corporations about diversity, to showcase black businesses and to educate black businesses and consumers.

However, the low attendance shows how difficult it is to tackle economic issues in the Black Community. I could have attended as part of the press contingent but it is more important to pay and support events like the Wall Street project. We must support our institutions. As far as I know, there is no other group devoted to economic opportunity for Blacks in the United States as its primary goal.

The only disappointment I had was the low attendance. The session I attended on social media marketing was very good. But there were 30 people in a room for 200. Below is a photo from the job fair. See what I mean. There were approximately 10 organizations in attendance at the job and only one private company. It was nice to see corporate purchasing officers from NY power Authority and MTA.

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