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King Legacy Symposium on

Community Economic Empowerment

The economic divide in the U.S. has widened in unprecedented ways since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for economic justice. Communities that have been marginalized historically are falling into greater economic crisis and despair. Together, churches and other spiritual communities can stem the tide of this growing crisis.

On April 4, 2014, Dr. Cari Jackson spearheaded the “King Legacy Symposium on Community Economic Empowerment” which brought together spiritual, community and business to address the intersection of theological and entrepreneurial strategies to foster economic empowerment of economically-disadvantaged communities. The Symposium partners were Center of Spiritual Light, Union Theological Seminary, New York Theological Seminary, and The Riverside Church. Spiritual leaders were invited to identify the ways their theological frames about money help and hinder economic empowerment. Leaders were invited to go beyond providing emergency and supplemental financial assistance services to develop economic empowerment programs.

Special Guest Speakers included:

  • Rev. Dr. James Forbes, Senior Minister Emeritus, Riverside Church and President, Healing of the Nations Foundation -- Theological Strategies
  • Eugene Cornelius, Deputy Associate Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration – Entrepreneurial Strategies
  • Dr. Obery Hendricks, Professor of Biblical Interpretation, New York Theological Seminary

Watch for details about future Symposium activities planned for Spring 2016.