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Black History Month Program

Students on stage performing presentations

February marks Black History Month, a time to celebrate the achievements, contributions, and resilience of African Americans throughout history. This year, Carstens Academy is proud to host a special program honoring Black entrepreneurs, both from the historic Black Wall Street and those currently making waves in the business world.

The program will pay tribute to the entrepreneurial spirit and economic prowess of the individuals who thrived in the vibrant community of Black Wall Street in the Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, during the early 20th century. Despite facing systemic racism and adversity, Black entrepreneurs in this prosperous community built thriving businesses, established financial institutions, and fostered a sense of unity and prosperity within their community.

Their legacy continues to inspire generations, serving as a testament to the resilience, ingenuity, and determination of African American entrepreneurs. From entrepreneurs like O.W. Gurley, who founded the first Black-owned bank in Tulsa, to Sarah Breedlove, famously known as Madam C.J. Walker, who became one of the wealthiest self-made women in America through her hair care business, the entrepreneurs of Black Wall Street left an indelible mark on history.

But the celebration doesn't stop there. Our program will also shine a spotlight on contemporary Black entrepreneurs who are carrying on this legacy of excellence and innovation. From tech startups to fashion empires, Black entrepreneurs are making significant strides in diverse industries, shaping the economic landscape and inspiring future generations with their success stories.

Through panel discussions, guest speakers, and interactive workshops, students at Carstens Academy will have the opportunity to learn about the challenges and triumphs of Black entrepreneurs past and present. They will gain insights into the entrepreneurial mindset, the importance of perseverance, and the power of economic empowerment in creating positive change.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us honor the legacy of Black entrepreneurs who have paved the way for future generations. Let us recognize their achievements, acknowledge their contributions, and commit ourselves to creating a future where every aspiring entrepreneur, regardless of race or background, has the opportunity to succeed.

Join us in celebrating Black excellence and entrepreneurship during our Black History Month program. Together, let's inspire, empower, and uplift our community as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and shape the future.

Presentation with photos and names of Black entrepreneurs

La'niyah presenting her entrepreneur to audience