The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and the Citizenship Education Fund held their 22nd Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit in New York City on February 20-22, 2019. The theme of the summit was “400 Years Later: Closing the Wealth Gap, Expanding Opportunity.”

According to Rainbow PUSH Coalition founder and president Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., there is still much to be done to close the wealth gap and expand opportunities for minorities and women in terms of inclusion, diversity, equity and freedom.  The event brought together America’s leading policymakers, corporate executives and entrepreneurs to improve employment and business opportunities for women, African Americans and all people of color.

There were panel discussions and sessions on a number of topics including the State of Black America since Blacks were brought to America, racial wealth gap and its ties to Wall Street, the state of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the business of Hip Hop, supplier diversity opportunities, diversity and inclusion on corporate boards and in C-suites and pension fund investment with minority money managers.  Some of the guest speakers included Dr. Darrick Hamilton of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State, Janice Mathis of the National Council of Negro Women and Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network.