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You must be in the Right Spirit. Removing self and replacing it with the Spirit of God and of Tulsa, OK. This first step is a deal breaker. You must in the RIght Spirit identify your target region of the city. Black Wall Street Leadership Spiritual Requirement: This is a spiritual movement, therefore the tasks and duties of our family are spiritually based. Any attempt to do this Kingdom Building effort in our carnal or fleshly nature will not work.


Seven Spiritual Foundational markers:



This Spirit maintains doing for others without looking for anything in return. A Divine name, translated "Lord," and signifying, from its derivation, "sovereignty." Its vowels are found in the Massoretic Text with the unpronounceable tetragrammaton " YHWH "; and when the Hebrew reader came to these letters, he always substituted in pronunciation the word " 'adhonay." Its vowels combined with the tetragrammaton form the word "Yahweh (Yahweh)."

When the Spirit of the Lord rests on one's soul they are willing to be submissive to the will of God. This means they are willing to protect the defenseless, preach goods news to the poor in Spirit, heal the brokenhearted, restore spiritual sight to the blind, be a force of deliverance to the captives and liberate the bruised and abused at no charge. Doing for others without looking for anything in return. This divine attribute is the very foundation of the sovereignty of Almighty God. When the Spirit of the Lord is resting on us we are then behaving in God's image and likeness.



Wisdom is the Holy Spirit applied to your situation. The easiest way to illustrate this is to show you two passages of Scripture which show the fruit of the Spirit and the manifestation of wisdom to be the same thing. Wisdom is pure. The Holy Spirit, being God, is 100% pure and spotless. Wisdom manifests peace. The fruit of the Spirit is also peace. Wisdom is gentle. The fruit the Holy Spirit produces in your life is gentleness. Wisdom is willing to yield. This sounds an awful lot like humility (and remember that Jesus humbled Himself to the point of death) and meekness (which is power under control).


The fruit of the Spirit is self-control. Wisdom is full of mercy. Jesus is full of mercy, so we know that the Holy Spirit is too, since He is another of the same kind as Jesus. Wisdom is full of good fruits, and the Holy Spirit demonstrates His fruit continually as well. You see the parallels? If the fruit of the Holy Spirit is the same as the fruit of wisdom, then the Holy Spirit is Wisdom personified


"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace (James 3:13-18).



Although we have the potential to posses God's Wisdom inscribed in our souls does not mean that we'll understand that Wisdom. This third level in the 7-fold ministry is a whole other step. The Spirit of Understanding the supernatural revelation of God.


Olam Ore's (God who is light) secret insights into His Word. Understanding simply means comprehending or a grasping of His Word. The Spirit of God illuminates our hearts and gives us understanding of His Wisdom. In other words, He "turns on the lights for us." Understanding is the Key to all of the Wisdom of the Most High God



This fourth spirit of Counsel builds on both wisdom, which allows us to judge the things of the world in light of understanding that help us to penetrate to the very core of the mysteries of our faith. The Spirit of counsel, the Holy Spirit speaks to the heart of man and in an instant enlightens us as to what to do. It is the gift that allows us as believers in Christ to be assured that we will act correctly in times of trouble and tribulations. Through counsel, we can speak without fear in defense of our Faith. The Spirit of Counsel enables us to see and choose correctly what will help most to the glory of God and our own salvation. How often have we counselled someone and they felt better and more empowered?



Apostle Paul images the living of the Christian life as an empowerment from God. The believer's union with Christ delivers him or her from the power of sin (cf. Romans. 6-8) and introduces him or her to the "power of [Christ's] resurrection (Philippians 3:10). Salvation and holy living provide the Christian with a spirit of power for witness (2 Timothy1:7-8). Apostle Paul's view of the gospel itself is imaged as power (Romans 1:16). Power in Romans 1:16 renders the Greek word dunamis or duvnami.


It is often noted that the Gospel is the dynamite of God because the English word dynamite is derived from dunamis [duvnami]. Such an observation, however, is not a valid use of etymology. Dynamite was not in existence during Apostle Paul's time. He had no such image in his mind. For Apostle Paul, the gospel dunamis or duvnami was the dynamic of God's power conveyed through God's message. When presented to the world, the gospel dynamically works salvation in those who believe. Apostle Paul develops the motif of divine power as the key to Christian living by noting that unless the believer is empowered, it is impossible to please God (Romans 6-8; 1 Corinthians15:56-57).



Enlightened by the Spirit of Knowledge, man discovers at the same time the infinite distance which separates things from the Creator, their intrinsic limitation, the danger that they can present, when, through sin, he makes improper use of them.


It is a discovery which leads him to realize with remorse his misery and impels him to turn with greater drive and confidence to him who alone can fully satisfy the need of the infinite which assails him. There are four levels of the Spirit of Knowledge. They are the Knowledge of God's Will, Knowledge of the Truth, Knowledge of Christ, and the Knowledge of Every good thing we have in Christ.



When someone truly fears God, it makes the person yield to Him no matter what. This person is in awe and properly trembles before God and His Word for it's not a passing thought. As David wrote, "Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him (Psalms 33:8). Through the prophet Isaiah, God showed He desires this kind of attitude from us: But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit [that is, humbly repentant], and who trembles at My word (Isaiah 66:2).


We see this in Noah, who showed a respectful fear of God when he received the daunting instructions to build a huge ark. As Hebrews11:7 tells us, By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. The fear of God produces godly humility.



Black Wall Street districts should be recognized as an urban area that is a potential thriving center of business, industry, culture that has 50% to 70% or more businesses owned by African Americans. This will enable visionaries to focus developing the potential district. Leaders must Consider the people to be involved.

Making sure the establishment group is balanced and no special interests dominate.


All Board members must have sufficient knowledge of Greenwood History and its historical blueprint. An area map of the chosen district for implementation must be submitted to the Black Wall Street USA Administration, state and regional director in a reasonable time frame.



Process Objectives

These are the objectives that provide the groundwork or implementation necessary to achieve your district development objectives. The Black Wall Street District establishment group will need to adopt a comprehensive plan for improving neighborhood communications and economic activities. In this case, adoption of the plan itself is the objective.

Behavioral Objectives

These objectives look at changing the behaviors of people (what they are doing and saying) and the products (or results) of their behaviors. For example, your Black Wall Street establishing group must develop an objective for having an increased amount of community members taking charge (the behavior) and by creating both entrepreneurial relationships which expands commerce (the result).

Community-level Outcome Objectives

These are often the product or result of behavior change in many people. They are focused on change at the community level instead of an individual and self centered view. For example, the same Black Wall Street organizing group might have an objective of increasing the percentage of people living in the community with adequate housing as a community-level outcome objective. More housing increases more business activities. But keep in mind everyone who has a business is not always about business.

Based on history it will be the working class in the newly implemented Black Wall Street District that will fuel economic growth resulting in more business investment and venture capitalism.



This can be an extremely important component in the forming process for the project because it can influence the direction and success of your proposal to business owners in the potential district.




Do you have the support from the business owners in the potential district? Is there any opposition?

Set specifics of initial meeting with business owners: Date, time, place Identify Chairman and Secretary Establish meeting format and agenda Assign hospitality responsibilities including coffee/tea/sodas, name tags, sign-in sheet.


Documentaion Filings


Articles of Incorporation: Create Articles of Incorporation. Feel free to utilize the template provided by Black Wall Street District USA, and modify as your district needs grow.




Create official Bylaws.

File necessary incorporating documents with your states incorporating agency. Normally the states incorporating agency is the Secretary of States office. Black Wall Street district's will file as a merchant or trade association.


Regular Meetings


New districts are required to meet twice per month to establish a record of minutes, agendas and resolutions documentation.




Establish a bank account with a minimum two signers. The account should be for your Black Wall Street District business only.




Who has governance (district chair) over the project? Identify the people to be involved: City, county and/or state officials Public and Private sector agencies Community volunteers and other interested persons Church leaders

What goals do they have for the project?

Prepare and send letters of invitation to potential participants. Meeting purpose Invitation to participate Date, time, place and directions Deadline, date and contact person for response.

Include the following materials with the letter:

Preliminary agenda List of invited participants.




What professional groups are interested?

Is the project stable enough to support the organization mission?




Which decision makers can impact the project? What can jeopardize the project?

Do you or should you have the support of the political leaders?




Is financial support for the project secure?





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(1) Black Wall Street USA manual implementation;

(2) 12 months of consistent and well documented board of directors meetings complete with minutes and agendas;

(3) Submit monthly reports to regional and state directors;

(4) Ongoing Membership drives and campaigns;




(1) Sustainable Planning 100 years

(2) Longterm Development 200 years

(3) BWSFutureGen 300 years





Preparing a comprehensive feasibility study takes a considerable amount of time and effort, but once completed, serves as a project guide, not only for developers but also for the Black Wall Street District development team. In preparing the district development feasibility study you will gain the following benefits:


Preliminary district development feasibility software


This is the most important aspect and it is imperative that you are able to ascertain if your deal stacks up. This pre-district development assessment will determine an approximate profit and will save you from wasting your time, efforts and money.


Concept Testing


Cost overruns can cripple a district development project. A systematic district development assessment allows you to make mistakes on paper, rather than when projects are completed.




A thorough Black Wall Street district feasibility study will increase your confidence in the ability to proceed with the development of a chosen area of the city.


Sometimes, it may even compensate for a lack of experience if the concept is sound and there is good demand for the end product you are developing. Provide a stated need for the district and any challenges.




District property development feasibility shows the level of finance required and for how long. Undercapitalization and early cash flow problems in a project are two major reasons new BWS district developments fail.


Feasibility analysis also allows you to convey your ideas to bankers & potential investors, and help them to understand and appreciate the reasoning behind these ideas.


Explain what economic development tools will be used in the boundary area and how becoming a Black Wall Street district will fit within these objectives.


Key Study Milestones


Key milestones include the official Black Wall Street district name, the participants and a detailed boundary description including a map of area.


The district development team must establish the BWS District Identity including land use building/site conditions and current inventory.


It is also wise to study transportation access and a crime and safety overview.






Below is an example of legislation used to develop the Stony Island Black Wall Street district.


WHEREAS, Chicago is the third largest city in the United States and a thriving center of business, industry, and culture; and


WHEREAS, The Chicago Urban League has stated that "Chicago will be the new Black Wall Street"; Stony Island Avenue is one commercial strip that has 80% or more businesses owned by African Americans; it is a prime example of a Black Wall Street district in Chicago; and


WHEREAS, Since the early 1940s, African-American businesses have thrived on South Stony Island Avenue, bringing quality products and services to the community; in subsequent years, these business owners saw a growth in their profits as they were able to sustain a comfortable way of life for themselves and their families; with the downturn in the economy over recent years, some of the businesses that once flourished on Stony Island Avenue are now facing financial difficulties; and


WHEREAS, It has been determined, by the members of the Black Wall Street-Chicago, that the community will utilize the template of Black wall Street Oakland and will help build the business capacity of African-American businesses along Stony Island Avenue in Chicago; and


WHEREAS, History will show that Black Wall Street-Chicago continues the rich historical tradition of growth and prosperity with the original "Black Wall Street District" in Tulsa, Oklahoma; during the early 1900s, the area reportedly used "black dollars" instead of U.S. currency to do business inside the district; in 1921, the Tulsa Race Riot, one of the nation's worse acts of racial violence, occurred; many African-American business owners and the residents of Greenwood were burned out, shot, kidnapped, and killed in the early hours while they slept; the neighborhood has been restored and is now a part of the Greenwood Historical District; and


WHEREAS, Black Wall Street-Chicago recognizes the potential to recreate on Stony Island Avenue in Chicago the positive aspects of the historic Black Wall Street in Tulsa; through the organization's mission to sustain and increase black businesses, Stony Island Avenue is achieving stability and is one of many business districts that has African-American ownership in parity with its population; and


WHEREAS, Stony Island Avenue is currently undergoing a revitalization to cultivate a pedestrian-friendly, urban experience on the southeast side of Chicago, similar to the makeover in the southern portion of downtown Chicago; the Black Wall Street District on Stony Island Avenue includes the #1 African-American female accounting firm in the nation, a waffle house, a printing company, barbeque and soul food restaurants, women and men's clothing and shoe stores, barber shops and beauty salons, among many other flourishing businesses; and


WHEREAS, A comprehensive plan to help sustain black-owned businesses has and continues to be developed by Black Wall Street-Chicago; the plan continues to be developed during weekly meetings of the group and during Black Wall Street Economic Summits, which have been held quarterly since March of 2007; therefore, be it


RESOLVED, BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE NINETY-SIXTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we recognize Stony Island Avenue as a Black Wall Street District in the City of Chicago; and be it further


RESOLVED, that a suitable copy of this resolution be presented to the members of Black Wall Street-Chicago as a symbol of our esteem and respect.


HR1257 96th Illinois General Assembly


SR0432 96th State Senate






Creates the Black Wall Street Program Act.


Requires the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity to create and administer the Black Wall Street Program to provide loans and financial assistance to designated communities for the creation of Black Wall Street Business Districts.

Specifies further requirements concerning Program eligibility and the disbursement of loan funds under the Program.

Requires each municipality receiving a loan under the Program to establish a municipal investment program by which loan funds are dispersed to qualified African American business entities and persons for the purpose of establishing Black Wall Street Business Districts.

Allows for the use of loan funds to invest in, issue, or sell bonds for the purpose of the construction of Black Wall Street Business Districts and all related matters.

Requires the Department to compile and make available to the public a database of qualified African American contractors and engineers.

Requires the Department to create and administer a Black Wall Street Investment Hub for the purposes of providing specified assistance to African American business entities and persons in establishing Black Wall Street businesses. Provides for the adoption of administrative rules.

Creates the Black Wall Street Fund as a special fund in the State treasury for specified purposes. Defines terms. Makes conforming changes.




The objective of a Black Wall Street Business Proposal is to develop a partnership with Black Wall Street and businesses along the potential district in order to create and protect black business value which will ensure the needs of the stakeholders are understood and addressed.




The mission of this project is to be the voice of the black business community in the service area and to provide leadership, economic growth and community development. To provide an opportunity for members to meet each other and exchange views and discuss relevant topics.

Formulate views on City and State policy and legislation and communicate these views to the appropriate authorities so that the (BWS District) may have a greater influence on matters affecting commerce in the area.

Black Wall Street was created to sustain and increase black businesses in the black community and in other communities through economic development. Summits are held on a quarterly basis to further allow conversations on the issues facing black business and resolutions in respect to both profit and non-profit businesses.

Black Wall Street have maintained a platform whereby black owned businesses can come together to openly discuss their struggles and appeal to the people at large. This allows other businesses to recognize the need to participate and take a pro-active stand on black owned businesses in the black community or face the harsh reality of failure.




The initiatives are designed to ensure the sustainability of the purpose and its key role in the lives of those whom Black Wall Street serve, as well as local, state and national/federal venues.

These initiatives include:

- Mission and planning refinement

- Management and Leadership Development

- Community Dialogue and Stakeholder Development

- Community Development

- Consumer Empowerment


Strategic Plan:


- Identify problems and the role of political leaders

- Capacity to respond and address internal strengths and weaknesses of the businesses

- Partnerships and outreach including retention and attraction

- Economic Development

- Increase funding to small businesses

- Expectations by state, federal and community for diversity efforts


Five Point Proposal:


Five key strategies are proposed to be designed and initiated in the fulfillment of the goal of improving the sustainability of Black Wall Street members.


Mission and Planning Refinement:


- The organization's vision of the community it serves

- The organization's mission in order to seek the vision it holds for the community

- Service development

- Organizational development, management and governance

- Partnership development


Management and Leadership Development:


- Strong working knowledge of business and the ability to lead and manage principles and capabilities in carrying out the mission of BWS

- Create and sustain a corporate culture

- Proven management and leadership practices and concepts

- Earnest commitment with an awareness of corporate culture


Community Dialogue and Stakeholder Development:


- Strengthen partnerships

- Continue to grow in community dialogue events sponsored by BWS

- Attend Black Wall Street Summits and Conferences

- Attend Black Wall Street monthly meetings and events


Community Development:


BWS can be significantly be impacted by the community with black business sophistication and knowledge of community which will make it uniquely suited for impacting the spheres of black business community life.


Consumer Empowerment:


This proposal calls for the expansion of Black Wall Street to the (district businesses) in order to expand black business organization.

The growing recognition, across the country, that Black Wall Street District USA is involved in the design and implementation of the processes that are cutting edge and would be useful to setting the direction of black business and the Black Wall Street District USA movement across the country. African American projects like Black Wall Street are needed to develop policies and community projects that will address these circumstances and provide a solution for black business.










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