As we approach the 50th Year anniversary of The historic March On Washington, it is my hope that our Black Congressional leaders and other national Black leadership will consider announcing a 21st Century revival of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr's POOR PEOPLES CAMPAIGN which if followed could immediately begin to address the economic violence and turn around the desperate unemployment in the Black and Poor communities like Chicago
and other urban cities like Chicago. Dr. King's last project on earth was this Poor People's Campaign where in addition to public policy initiatives he was beginning to direct Black and poor constituencies on how to use their own consumer education and consumer action power to better business and jobs in Black and poor communities.
First, Dr. King told Black and Poor constituencies to start directing more of the regular consumer dollars they spend everyday into their own community financial institutions to create, sustain and increase their own community businesses, jobs and institutions, and second, Dr. King directed Black and poor constituencies to protest and not economically support major corporations that did not have financial benefits agreements with the local businesses and community service providers. Following Dr. King's Poor People's Campaign today would turn the Black community around with its own trillion dollar consumer power, for the Black community cannot celebrate this kind of consumer power on the one hand but not using it in a way that creates more legitimate jobs and economic opportunities within the Black and Poor communities of Chicago and other urban areas.
The National Black Wall Street Chicago and National Black Wall Street USA encourages our Congressional Black Caucus leaders locally and nationally engage in a local and national campaign to teach the spirit and example of Black Wall Street in using its own consumer power to build Black business, jobs and institutions in majority Black communities. The Black community has more consumer power today that it has ever had and must be challenged to do more with its own economic resources just as Dr. King was achieveing with his Poor People's Campaign that was working before he was killed. If Dr. King recognized 50 years ago that it was a Poor People's community economic empowerment campaign to remedy Black unemployment then our leaders today in that same spirat and example must recognize that it's the measurement of how we address economic violence as the best way to measure any real effects on urban violence.
Chairman & COO National Black Wall Street Chicago
(Rev. Willie T. Barrow Consumer Education and Consumer Action Project)
Founder/Lead Organizer, Illinois Voter Restoration Civic Education Project
Chief of Staff to National Chairman, National Black Wall Street USA
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