11/26/2013 11:20 am ET

The New African-American Dream: Transformation, Prosperity, Education

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In the 1960s, African-American civil rights leaders led this country out of institutionalized discrimination into social and political realms. During this movement, millionaires were created as a result of society's segregation and injustice. By creating our own markets that cater to African-American consumers – sometimes the result of savvy, often the result of lack of choice — black businesses grew and created jobs, wealth and prosperous, sustainable communities like Chatham.

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