Ford Hall Forum: Black Economy, White Privilege

Black Economy, White Privilege is the next Ford Hall Forum in the Fall 2012 Lecture Series.

Author Maggie Anderson and Sociology Professor Thomas Shapiro will discuss why
black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial groups in every measure of success. They will ask the questions if it's necessary, or even possible, for the black community to sustain its own economy.

Arts Marketer Candelaria Silva will moderate the forum and explore how racial inequality is transmitted across generations and pinpoint why the black economy continues to suffer.

Anderson will share her year-long journey completely living off Black businesses, called The Empowerment Experiment. Her book is Our Black Year: One Family’s Request to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy.

Shapiro warns that blacks are failing in asset accumulation and home ownership, to the point of negating gains in employment and income. His book is The Hidden Costs of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality.

The event is sponsored by the Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council. The speakers will be signing and selling copies of their books after the event.

I'm interested in reading both books and hope to make it to the event as well. These are very important issues being examined and I'm sure it will be quite a spirited discussion!

The event takes place this Thursday evening, so mark your calendars!

Thursday, October 4, 2012; 6:30pm - 8pm
Modern Theatre (Suffolk University)
525 Washington Street
Boston, MA
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The Ford Hall Forum is the nation’s oldest continuously operating free public lecture series. Its mission is to foster an informed and effective citizenry and to promote freedom of speech through the public presentation of lectures, debates and discussions.

Forum events illuminate the key issues facing our society by bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers, including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times. These speakers are presented in person, for free, and in settings that facilitate frank and open debate.

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