Blacks in America have overcome a brutal past to experience tremendous social, educational, and economic advancement. Entrepreneurship, education, and civil society, particularly in the black church, have been the pillars that allowed blacks to stand up to injustice and move up the economic ladder.

Still, too many blacks are trapped in generational poverty, dependency, and despair. The best paths forward are bottom-up solutions that empower individuals to learn, work, and create safe and vibrant communities.

Sylvia Bennett-Stone, National Director of Voices of Black Mothers United; Karen Alston, Founder and President of The Spectrum Circle; and Denisha Merriweather, Founder of Black Minds Matter, joined today’s special policy chat. Watch the recording: