WE ARE A COLLECTIVE MOVEMENT OF BLACK WOMEN ON A MISSION TO REBUILD BLACK GENERATIONAL WEALTH
WE'VE BEEN AT IT SINCE 2014
Cultivate strategies, Create wealth, and Change Lives
WHO WE ARE
The Black Women’s Wealth Alliance (BWWA) was established as a working group by 20 Historical Black women in 2014 and in 2016, BWWA was established as Minnesota’s first Black woman owned Public Benefit Corporation (a social enterprise). BWWA leverages Black culture as its core resource and educational tool to facilitate cooperative economics through wealth literacy, home ownership and cooperative & procurement business education. Our team brings more than 40 years of impactful community wealth building knowledge, skills, strategies and networks. We are experienced entrepreneurs, educators, grassroot and professional leaders working across the business, wealth and community development sectors.
A nation can rise no higher than its woman. 66% of Black women nationally are the primary breadwinners of their households compared to Black women of Minnesota who are nearly 80% primary breadwinners of their households. We conclude and hold true that the overall well-being and economic stability of the Black community greatly depends on the well-being and economic stability of Black women and girls.
BWWA STAFF, COUNCIL AND PARTNERS
Our staff & council is 100% Historically Black- We partner across communities, cultures, institutions, groups and organizations to enhance the social economic status of Historical Black Women.
THE TERM HISTORICAL BLACK
The population and identity of Black people in America remains diverse, we are from all corners of the earth. Some of us are native to North, South & Central America BEFORE the Atlantic slave trade that placed many stolen & sold Africans through the Americas and many are still present here in the United States of North America. Some of us immigrated to the United States free and willing and others are here as refugees or under unknown statuses.
We use the term Historical to distinguish ourselves and our uniqueness as direct descendants of the original Natives of the Americas and the enslaved African populations in the United States. We share common experiences, culture, heritage, language, history, ancestry and a legacy built over hundreds of years on this land by our ancestors blood, sweat and tears.
We also recognize Liberians as sharing these same experiences and ancestry over hundreds of years before they traveled back to Africa to reestablish their roots as Africans and created their identity as Liberians- we are of the same blood historically.
Although the term Black and African American in the United States is ROOTED and greatly defined by the experiences of the Historical groups noted above- nearly every group associated with Blackness uses the term African American or Black as their classified Identity in the United States. This reality and the lack of available dis-aggregated data makes it more difficult to track and understand the general status of Historical people. It's important that we recognize ourselves as existing and not just be lumped into one identify under the United States classification system.