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Part III: Access To Wealth | Challenging Perceptions

Jackson Ward

Why is there a racial wealth gap in our country?

Black and African American families have a far lower percentage of wealth than white families in America. Even as the percentage of Black and African American college graduates increase, this wealth gap still persists. During this discussion, we will explore how systemic and racist policies have affected wealth building in Black communities for generations and still affect the financial growth and stability of communities today.

In this VPM virtual discussion series, community experts and participants will explore:

  • Richmond's history of systemic racism and its impact on our current culture
  • Systemic racism's influence over systems, processes and procedures
  • Disparities in health, education, housing, policing and wealth building in Black communities are rooted in systemic racism
  • New ways to absorb information about unjust systems and encourage authentic conversations with your families and peer groups.

Continue the conversation on social media with #VPMtalk.


Thursday, October 29 at 9 p.m.

Further the conversation with family and friends by watching the broadcast on VPM PBS and Facebook Live. 

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Adrienne Cole The conversations are led by community leader Adrienne Cole Johnson, MSW a social entrepreneur committed to seeking and facilitating creative approaches to change. With leadership experiences with the U.S. House of Representatives, Peter Paul Development Center and most recently the Henrico County Schools, Adrienne has always viewed authentic engagement as paramount to social change.


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Dr. Justene Hill-Edwards, Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia

Jared Ball Headshot

Dr. Jared Ball, Professor of Communication Studies

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Matthew Freeman, Author, Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences

Rasheeda Creighton Headshot

Rasheeda N. Creighton, Co-Founder of The Jackson Ward Collective and Founder of Killing Superwoman


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