MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The National Civil Rights Museum is launching a program to help black business owners and workers in American companies.
It’s called the Corporate Equity Center and Veda Ajamu, the museum’s community outreach manager, said the program “is a huge deal here at the museum.”
She said it’s an in-game plan to equip black employees for success.
Ajamu said the goal is simple: discuss how inequalities can be eliminated in a corporate workspace and, at the same time, strengthen opportunities for black workers to aim higher in a professional environment.
Greater Memphis Chamber CEO and President Beverly Robertson, who also served as the museum’s president for 17 years, said it’s fitting that the museum is leading the charge in this initiative.
“Isn’t it amazing that this very institution that chronicles inequality is now presenting itself as offering opportunities to redress inequality?” said Robertson.
Local businesses can also get involved if they want to learn more, like Louis Martin, owner of Uncle Lou’s Fried Chicken in Whitehaven.
“I would like to attend to see how I can further my knowledge of outreach and helping in the community,” Martin said.
The people behind this initiative believe it is something that will broaden the perspective in Corporate America and become a national tool for progress.
“If you only have one prospect at the table, that’s what you’ll get, one prospect,” Robertson said.
Ajamu said the program will separate itself from other programs because of the historical breadth the museum carries within it.
“It’s something for Memphis and beyond Memphis,” Ajamu said, “It’s a national program.”
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