Diversity and Inclusion Author Series: Tim Todd, A Great Moral and Social Force: A History of Black Banks

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Name: Diversity and Inclusion Author Series: Tim Todd, A Great Moral and Social Force: A History of Black Banks
Date: August 23, 2022
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM CDT
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Event Description:

Author Talk and Fireside Chat with Timothy Todd

To do better in the present, we must learn from the past. 

Unfortunately, many Americans are unaware of the history and challenges Black banks in the South and Midwest faced during the late 19th and 20th centuries. Join the KC Chamber for the next event in our Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion author series as we welcome author and executive writer Tim Todd of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. In his new book, A Great Moral and Social Force: America's First Black Banks, Todd focuses on the stories of Black banks in five cities: Richmond, Va.; Boley, Okla.; Chicago, Ill.; Memphis, Tenn.; and Detroit, Mich. These cities were shining examples of Black wealth and success, and the book explores factors that contributed to the demise of Black banks at the peak of their success. Todd also provides historical context and analysis about why the dismantling of Black banks has played a central role in the hurdles many Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) still face today regarding financial security and amassing generational wealth. 

Meet Timothy Todd
Timothy Todd is a writer engaged in historical research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. He is the author of eight books on the history of banking and financial services, including most recently, “A Great Moral and Social Force: A History of Black Banks,” which focuses on communities that benefitted from having strong Black-owned banks at key points in the 19th and 20th century. Previously, he explored the history of America’s earliest Black banks in his book “Let Us Put Our Money Together.” Among his numerous presentations, he has been a featured speaker for the Smithsonian’s African American History and Culture Museum. His media appearances have included the Karen Hunter Show on SiriusXM’s Urban View; KBLA 1580 Talk Radio, Los Angeles with host Mischa Duffie; The Talk of Chicago with host Rufus Williams on WVON 1690, Chicago; and numerous others. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, he was a journalist for 10 years. 

Thank you to our 2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sponsors!

Our Presenting Diversity Sponsors are CommunityAmerica Credit UnionEvergy and Hallmark. Our Workshop Presenting Sponsor is Commerce Bank. Our Cornerstone Sponsors are American Century InvestmentsBayerEwing Marion Kauffman FoundationJE Dunn ConstructionLockton CompaniesREACH Healthcare FoundationSaint Luke’s Health SystemT-Mobile and Waddell & Reed. Our Regional Diversity Sponsors are Arvest BankBlack & VeatchBlue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas CityBurns & McDonnellFleishmanHillardGEICOHeavy Constructors AssociationHoneywellKansas City Royals, KVC Health Systems, McCownGordon ConstructionState Street and VanTrust Real Estate. Our Supporting Diversity Sponsors are AccentureBank of AmericaBardavon Health InnovationsBlueScope Buildings North AmericaBryan Cave Leighton PaisnerCBIZ/MHM, Oracle CernerChildren’s MercyEnterprise HoldingsErnst & YoungGarminHNTBHusch BlackwellH&R BlockKansas City UniversityLathrop GPMMazuma Credit UnionMcAnany, Van Cleave & PhillipsShook Hardy & BaconSouthwest AirlinesSpireStinsonThe Builders' AssociationThe University of KansasThe University of Kansas Health System and Turner Construction Company.
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In person attendees: 
KC Chamber Board Room
    Located inside Union Station Kansas City
30 West Pershing Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64108

Virtual attendees will receive email with link to zoom day of the event. 
Date/Time Information:
Tuesday, August 23
START 9:00 a.m.
END 10:30 a.m.
Contact Information:
Greg Valdovino
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