A guide to America’s 20 Black-owned brick-and-mortar banks

Black-owned banks in the United States have seen their ups and downs. From the founding of the Freedman’s Bank in 1865, designed to help newly freed Black Americans establish financial footing, to today, the presence of Black banks has ebbed and flowed alongside economic shifts and challenges to their existence.  At their height, the number of Black banks in America…

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How entrepreneur Khadijah Robinson pivoted from criminal justice to economic justice

Khadijah Robinson achieved her childhood dream of becoming an attorney, graduating from Harvard Law School. The Spelman College alumna was on a fast track to becoming an assistant U.S. attorney when she made a shift. Seeing the bias and inhumanity toward Black people on a daily basis, she refocused her energies on economic justice. Robinson started The Nile List with…

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An influx of money paints an optimistic picture for historically Black colleges and universities

Like almost every other aspect of life, colleges and universities have seen tectonic shifts in the way they operate. HBCUs are no exception, but in 2020, these schools may have been buffered by a flood of support spurred by the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter movement. MacKenzie Scott, former spouse of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, twice made record-breaking rounds of…

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