A National Legacy of African American Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Thu, 02/23/2006 - 23:03.

African American community leaders came together at Myers University to make new connections, share an appreciation of Cleveland's rich history of African American cultural institutions and long standing leadership contributions to the history of American innovation and entrepreneurship.

Here are some attendee insights:

We need to work on capacity building in the community. How do we get long term financing? These are the questions that need to be addressed. Everyone needs to participate. Bring out the history for everyone. We must tell both sides of every story and the third side too.

There are deep differences between cultures that we tend to gloss over. Our (American) understanding of community was brought from the African culture. These are deep culture differences that we all need to understand. It is very important to network the Cleveland institutions and history of the African American culture.

For the summary & more information go here.

Next forum: April 12, Myers University, Chester campus, 5:00 to 6:45 PM