We are excited to continue our series of lectures, conversations, and workshops focused on the History and Legacy of Black Entrepreneurship in the United States.

This series is in line with the Center’s mission to arm Princeton graduate and undergraduate students with the intellectual foundation, innovation skills, and community platform to propel their pursuit of positive and sustainable societal impact.

There can be no better examples of this than the Black innovators and entrepreneurs of America who have largely been neglected from scholarship on business and entrepreneurship. With the objective of helping students tackle some of humanity’s most important and challenging problems, the Center recognizes the pervasive and systemic racial inequity in our country and how this is inextricably linked to so many of the challenges our students seek to mitigate.

We are committed to putting the education of racism and social justice front and center in our educational program. By exploring the history of Black entrepreneurship and innovation, we want to learn from the creative strategies Black entrepreneurs employed to succeed. At the same time, we want to explore how the constraints on Black entrepreneurship and business development have limited overall economics of not only Black communities but our society as a whole, and how so many of these constraints, which have become institutionalized, can be overcome in the future.

Please join us for the following engaging lectures and conversations.

Oct 28 - 12:30 pm Working Twice as Hard to get Half as Far: Earning Legitimacy as a Black Business in History – Attendees are invited to gather for an on-screen conversation taking place directly after the talk.

Nov 4 - 12:30 pm Decolonizing the Business Curriculum: Insights from Africana History & Philosophy 

The series is online, open to the public, and free. Previous talks include insights from Juliet Walker, University of Texas at Austin, Martin Ruef, Duke University, Ihsan Beezer, Rutgers University and Christine Kinealy, Quinnipiac University. View them on our YouTube channel