In honor of Black History Month, the Motown Museum said today that it will host its second annual Black Legacy Program, a public event celebrating both black multigenerational and millennial owned and operated businesses in Detroit, and honoring the entrepreneurial legacy of the Gordy family. It will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at 12c (formerly NextEnergy), located at 461 Burroughs St.
During the event, attendees will hear from a panel of Detroit business owners about the importance of black business in the city, as well as the successes and challenges they have faced — both past and present. Camille Walker Banks, executive director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Wayne State University, also will provide business advice to attendees during the event. Paul Riser, managing director of TechTown, will moderate the discussion and offer business advice as well.
“Berry Gordy turned an $800 loan from his family savings club into a historic music empire – and one of the most successful and recognizable black businesses in the world,” says Robin Terry, CEO of the Motown Museum. “That legacy of innovation, ambition, and business acumen has left an indelible mark on Detroit—and on the broader cultural landscape.
“As we celebrate Motown Records’ 60th anniversary this year, we are honored to celebrate Black History Month with our second annual Black Legacy Program event. We look forward to providing the community an opportunity to learn from the incredible instincts and invaluable insights provided by an up-and-coming generation of thriving local black businesses.”
Among the business leaders and business participating in the discussion are: LaTonya Berry from Rock the Fro, Alice Brazelton of Brazelton’s Floral, Edmond Douglas with Avis Ford, and Darryl Humes of Mature Clothing.
For more information on Motown Museum, including hours of operation, visit www.motownmuseum.org.