Recollecting friendships, noting achievements
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Although there have been many accomplishments, there is still work to be done to overcome the struggle many high-achieving black people face: economic reciprocity, or bringing more money earned back into African American households, said Burns. “As black people, we must keep moving forward,” Burns said. “Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. has an economic development program designed to empower people financially.” Jackson’s Wall Street program is an annual summit with workshops and networking sessions focusing on assisting black-owned businesses.
Monchell Johnson echoed Burns’ sentiments and said that for her generation, education is the struggle. “Not many young people are being pushed, prodded or groomed for higher education,” he said. “Even if they do become successful, they’re not taught how to manage their money.”
Burns hopes that those who read his book will be inspired to achieve their own accomplishments, and remember to honor those of African Americans. “We are behind the rest of the world in science, engineering and math,” he said. “Let’s focus more on those African American leaders of science and technology.”