July WPC luncheon info

WPC’s July virtual meeting

What: “Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce: Empowering Through Education, Advocacy, Values & Economic Development” with Sherry Gamble-Smith

When: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1

Registration: Free through Eventbrite

Ninety-nine years ago, Black residents and businesses were attacked in what has become known as the Tulsa Race Massacre. Tulsa’s Greenwood District had been known as the Black Wall Street, and white rioters looted and destroyed the successful businesses during riots in May and June 1921; a few hundred residents were killed.

Join Wichita Professional Communicators for its virtual program 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, as Sherry Gamble-Smith, who founded the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce in 2018 and serves as its president, shares some of the histories of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street and its importance in the present climate.

Registration through Eventbrite will be taken up to 30 minutes before the start time for this free Zoom presentation. Registrants will be provided a link by email after registering.

Based in Tulsa, the Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce has a mission “to create and build the quality of life and business opportunities for the African American community through business education, African American cultural values, legislative advocacy and economic development,” according to its website.

In past interviews, Gamble-Smith said the chamber was founded because several Black Tulsa business owners requested a new Black chamber that would better advocate for the Black business community. The historic Greenwood Chamber of Commerce still exists.
Gamble-Smith also serves as the president/CEO of WENet (Women Empowered and Networking Together), a nonprofit organization.

WPC monthly luncheons and fundraising events support a scholarship fund for Wichita-area students pursuing a career in communications. Our virtual programs are currently offered at no cost, but you can show your support with a WPC membership. Find out more by contacting WPC.