About the Event
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.
Adrienne Cole Johnson, MSW, Social Entrepreneur, Educational Leader, Businesswoman and Community Advocate
Dr. Justene Hill-Edwards, Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia
Dr. Jared Ball, Professor of Communication Studies
Matthew Freeman, Author, Overcoming Bias: Building Authentic Relationships Across Differences
Ahead of the discussion, we ask that you take the time to watch this short video Explained: Racial Wealth Gap and bring reflections to engage in a thoughtful conversation.
Continue the Conversations
After each discussion panelists' recommended resources will be posted on vpm.org/talk. We encourage attendees to use this information to have authentic and informed dialogue about racism and race with family and friends and on social media with #VPMtalk.
Broadcast & Stream
This discussion will be recorded and edited to a 1-hour program that will broadcast on VPM PBS and stream on VPM Facebook at 9:00pm on October 29. Not all of the live panel discussion will be in this program.
Additional Series Discussions
- Part I: Systemic Racism
- Part II: Equity In Education
- Part III: Wealth Building
- Part IV: Disparities In Housing