Circuit Court of Cook County Black Wall Street District Chicago Proclamation


Monday, September 14, 2009 15:14:54

CHICAGO - Honorable Dorothy Brown the clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County presented a proclamation recognizing the Black Wall Street District in Chicago.

The proclamation says in part:

"WHEREAS, 75th East of the Dan Ryan is being recognized as the Black Wall Street of Chicago. WHEREAS, 75th East of the Dan Ryan is experiencing an revitalization of Black owned businesses dedicated to creating jobs, providing quality products and services to the community; and

WHEREAS, 75th East of the Dan Ryan will follow in the steps of the original "Black Wall Street District" in Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Black Wall Street District of Oakland in helping to develop economic empowerment on the Southside of Chicago, contiue reading the official Circuit Court of Cook County Proclamation Black Wall Street District Chicago (PDF).

Michael Carter, Sr. the national chairman of Black Wall Street USA says this is a welcomed recognition of the labor and energy of Ron Carter (no relations) and the Chicago team.

Dorothy Brown the clerk of the
Circuit Court of Cook County Proclamation
for Black Wall Street District Chicago

"Maybe other BWS District Nationwide will get with the program and stop dragging their feet...It's sad that right here in Oakland many black leaders are dead to the idea of economic stability."

Carter, Sr. said, "This is not about black folks living today this is for future generations...people we will never meet, while paying spiritual homage to those we never met." He said "It's time we move from the mid-bar (the wilderness) and possess the land flowing with milk and honey."

Black Wall Street District Chicago

On a cozy stroll down 75th street in Chicago, the enticing aroma of barbeque greets your nose as you venture past the Dan Ryan Expressway and cross into the east side of town. Lem's Bar-B-Q House, a fixture in the Greater Grand Crossing community since 1968, sits prominently in the middle of the 300 block of East 75th, sending billows of charbroiled scented smoke into the night sky.

The well-known chicken shack stands as a symbol, resting in the heart of the 6th Ward, a booming business district.

Between State Street and Cottage Grove, nearly 85 percent of the businesses on 75th street are African-American owned, giving the area the distinction of having the largest concentration of black-run operations in the city. The bustling nine-block commercial strip was a main focus of the 2008 Black Wall Street Chicago Economic Summit.

Of the 75 businesses on 75th street's run through the 6th Ward, 63 are Black-owned. Lem's, which migrated from 59th street nearly 40 years ago, is one of the oldest tenants on the strip. "When we came, this was a good spot to be in between the traffic," said Lynn Walker, manager of the 54-year-old establishment.

"We get a lot of traffic here. I think we attract a lot of people with our product. So that's probably one reason why people are coming to the area."

"There are plans for expansion of Black Wall Street Districts in other US cities." said Carter, Sr..

According to a National Black Wall Street Merchants Association, spokesperson. "We are looking at Portland, Oregon, Jackson Ward in Virginia, Duraham North Carolina, and Auburn Avenue in Atlanta." BWSD Rep said "we have individual members all over the world."

Black Wall Street Minnesota ( was added in 2008.

Carter, Sr. said, "This story of Tulsa (1830 to 1921) is intriguing and exciting mainly because it was intentionally kept out of the history books and aggregate of courses of Black study given in a school, college, universities world wide."

Black Wall Street USA, headquarted in Oakland, is a national organization that represents Black Wall Street District communities throughout the United States.

Circuit Court of Cook County Proclaimation Black Wall Street District Chicago (PDF)

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