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BWSF Durham | Forward Cities

BWSF Durham

“Durham is one of largest cities in North Carolina…the city of cities to look for prosperity of the Negroes and the greatest amount of friendly feeling between the two races of the South…Durham was a city of Negro enterprise (Independent, 1911).” - Booker T. Washington


Map of North Carolina with location pins on Durham, Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and FayettevilleAs Forward Cities embarks on an unprecedented project to understand and shift narratives around Black business ownership, Durham’s historic Black Wall Street serves as a model. Durham was selected as one of five pilot communities for Forward Cities’ Black Wall Street initiative.


Justin Minott

Durham Ecosystem Builder in Residence

Justin Minott is an international author, community builder, speaker, entrepreneur, and business coach who is passionate about helping world-changers launch and scale their ventures. He currently serves as the Director of Durham's Black-centric coworking community, Provident1898.



The Durham Pilots

Black Wall Street Mindset

"Black Wall Street Mindset: Black Wealth in the Modern Era” provides an interactive experience with incredible speakers and entrepreneurs in an environment conducive to connection and collaboration.

We bring together:

  • Black entrepreneurs looking to launch and scale their venture
  • People committed to advancing economic liberation in the Black community
  • Entrepreneur supporters who invest in the Black entrepreneurial ecosystem

Lively and engaging panel discussions featuring powerful local entrepreneurs and intentional networking time are designed to help you advance your mission through meaningful collaborations.


Diaspora House

Diaspora House is a Black-focused community hub located in the heart of Durham, NC that leverages craft coffee and cocktails to create collisions between impactors.

A space for dreamers and doers to collide over great coffee and cocktails. This is a connective networking event that showcases the power of what we can accomplish together as a community.

Discover BWSF-Durham

The Strategic Vision

The Black Wall Street Forward Council was asked to project forward and imagine what that community would look like in the year 2050, with each pillar activated to its fullest potential. The following is the strategic vision emerged by the council along with historical context, aligned assets, and council-identified collaborative opportunities that can be leveraged as part of a larger effort to bring that vision to fruition.

Explore the Interactive Presentation

Explore the journey of the Black Wall Street Forward Council using our interactive Prezi.

Connect with us


For updates and information, connect with us on LinkedIn and Instagram at @BlackWallStFwd.

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Pillars & Council Members

In order to catalyze this narrative change in each community and honoring past and existing efforts of Black Wall Street legacy stewardship, we will pull forward the following pillars of success from Durham’s historical Black Wall Street.

Collaborative Black leadership and innovation


Kenyetta Hall

Kenyetta Hall

CEO, Katalyst HQ
Matthias Payton headshot

Matthias Payton

Owner, Jasper & Gold

Culturally-rooted geographic business hub


Dauv Evans

Dauv Evans

Founder, The Gallus Collective

Ally investment and partnership


Keith Daniel

Keith Daniel

Managing Director, Resilient Ventures
John Fjeld

Jon Fjeld

Co-Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Duke University

Talent pipeline seeded by education


MaKayla Booker

Makayla Booker

Executive Director, Wall St. Juniors
Tamette Farrington

Tamette Farrington

Counselor, North Carolina Central University

Engagement with the broader Black community


Latoya D. Alston

Latoya Alston

Owner, Kingdom Building Mentality
Chisa Pinnix-Brown

Chisa Pennix-Brown, MBA

Owner, Give it to the People

Self-perpetuating funding engine


Darlene Deberry

Darlene Deberry

Business Solutions Officer, Carolina Small Business
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JaLisha Richmond

Director of Lending, Thread Capital


We're grateful for being able to partner with the following organizations to catalyze Black-centric Entrepreneurial Ecosystems:

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