While launching “The ABCs Of Black Wall Street,” Walker was inspired to capture the spirits of trailblazers who resided in the Greenwood community. The 15-year educator wanted to give Black children in underbanked communities an early start in their financial literacy journey by distributing free stocks.
Community members, teachers, and parents entered to receive the stock on the child’s behalf. The recipients — which were announced in early January — ranged from eight-months-old to the age of six.
Walker hopes the stocks will normalize wealth-building within Black families and their communities.
“My prayer is that ‘The ABCs Of Black Wall Street’ starts conversations about wealth-building, agency, and investing,” Walker said. “Then over the years, those children will be able to look back and say, ‘Oh, this was a gift my grandmother or my mom gave to me.’ That is how we start to normalize it. Over time they will look at their financial portfolio and see that it has grown over time, so when their birthday comes instead of just asking for the latest model of a toy, they will ask people to also contribute to their investment portfolio. That is my hope.”