Black Wall Street Journey: The Economics of Black Chicago

The words Black Wall Street Journey overlaid on a satellite map of a city block

A virtual conversation with cultural and business leaders Rick Lowe and John W. Rogers, Jr.

Join us for a discussion of Black wealth-building in Chicago, focusing on the challenges, gains, and opportunities being made by Black businesses, entrepreneurs, and residents.

This conversation is presented with the current exhibition Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 and the Black Wall Street Journey project—a hub for neighborhood regeneration initiated by Lowe in Washington Park. The talk is also anchored by the centennial anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre and observation of the historic Black Wall Street.

Presented by the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of ArtBooth School of Business, and Arts + Public Life

Program video

Featured speakers

Rick Lowe 
Artist; MacArthur Fellow; professor of art, University of Houston; and 2018–2021 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow

John W. Rogers, Jr.
Chairman and co-CEO of Ariel Investments, Inc.; vice chair of the Board of Trustees, the University of Chicago; and great-grandson of J.B. Stradford, the “founder” of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street

Valerie Van Meter
CEO, Parity Partners, LLC, and former senior vice president and chief diversity officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago