The Economic Impact of Covid-19 on The Black Community

THU, MAY 21, 2020 (1:05:33)

African Americans are overrepresented in the lowest-paying jobs and have also seen the lowest wage growth compared to other groups of Americans. In Boston, the median net worth of an African American, is $8. The COVID-19 pandemic has once again put a spotlight on the racial and wealth divide that exists in the African American Community.

As part of the “Race in the Public Dialogues Series” a panel including Michael Curry, Esq., Deputy CEO & General Counsel of The Mass League of Community Health Centers and current member of the National NAACP Board of Directors, Malia Lazu, Chief Experience and Culture Officer & Regional President of Berkshire Bank and Segun Idowu, Executive Director of the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts (BECMA) discuss the current situation.

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+ BIO: Michael Curry, Esq.

Michael Curry, Esq. is the immediate past president of the Boston Branch of the NAACP (2011-2016). Mr. Curry has over twenty years of dedicated service to the NAACP on the city, state-area conference and national levels.

Mr. Curry serves as the Legislative Affairs Director & Senior Counsel at Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, which represents 49 health centers, serving over 800,000 patients. He also serves on the boards of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, the Massachusetts Non-profit Network, Kids Count Advisory Board, City of Boston’s Compensation Advisory Group, and Roxbury Community College. He has received numerous local and national leadership awards for leadership and advocacy.

+ BIO: Segun Idowu

As Executive Director, Segun is an ex-officio member of the Board of Directors. He was raised in Boston and is a proud product of the Boston Public Schools. Following his graduation from Boston Latin Academy, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia with honors from the Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Societies.

Following his 2012 graduation, Segun decided to learn how government works from the inside and joined the office of then-District 4 City Councilor Charles C. Yancey. After two successful years as a legislative aide building relationships, reviewing and authoring policy, and addressing constituent concerns, he transitioned to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. At the Institute, Segun was able to forge new partnerships with community organizations. These partnerships ensured that the Institute invested in sustainable, local businesses and extended the opportunity for traditionally underrepresented groups to access its educational programs.

+ BIO: Malia Lazu

Malia Lazu is EVP, Chief Experience & Culture Officer at Berkshire Bank responsible for creating and executing new community based programs. Prior to her appointment, Malia founded and led the Urban Labs, a firm dedicated to helping companies create brands that are culturally competent and attuned to shifting racial demographics. Ms. Lazu’s deep work at the intersection of community, culture, art, politics and business has earned her a reputation as a person who can create sustained change.

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