Although Dr. Martin Luther King is remembered for the March on Washington, few people remember that the full title of that iconic march was The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Dr. King was both a fervent supporter of racial harmony and a strong proponent of equal economic opportunity for Black Americans. Many years after the death of Dr. King and the passage of the Civil Rights Act, Black Americans still suffer from large economic disparities, employment discrimination, and a higher unemployment rate. The deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement resulting in many corporations issuing statements and financial pledges in support of racial equity. Yet, a year later, so many of those pledges remain unfulfilled. Beyond corporate statements for solidarity, what is needed is true organizational change that will grant more equal opportunity to Black Americans and to Black people all over the world. A world in which all human beings have true equal access to economic mobility is how we will all live in peace.
Dr. Ajunwa will look back and assess how corporations have tried to respond to the injustice of racism in the US economy, and what they can and should do to bring us closer to achieving Dr. King's dream of equal economic opportunity for all Black Americans." This would follow the line in the synopsis, "A world in which all human beings have true equal access to economic mobility is how we will all live in peace."
Christina Bache, Chair, UN PRME Working Group on Business for Peace and Research Affiliate, Queen's University
Robert McNulty, Founding Chair, UN PRME Working Group on Business for Peace and Just Business, LLC
Dr. Ajunwa is a tenured law professor at the UNC School of Law and an adjunct Associate Professor at the Kenan-Flagler School of Business where she is a Rethinc. lab Fellow.
This webinar is recorded.