Integrating Wall Street

Be Woke Presents Black History in Two Minutes (or so)

Despite continued exclusionary practices, Black Americans slowly but surely made their way into the workforce after the Civil War. With continued persistence and perseverance, they earned greater opportunities to advance professionally as the years progressed.

In 1972, Vernon Jordan became the first Black person to sit on a corporate board in the United States. As a result of his presence, he opened the door for Johnson Products, the first Black-owned business, to be listed on the American stock exchange. From TV Networks, to CEOs, Black professionals continue to find new ways to shine, even though Corporate America still struggles to fully integrate.

In this episode of Black History In Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. — with additional commentary from Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Activist, Robert L. Johnson, an entrepreneur, and Michelle Alexander, a civil rights lawyer and author, we celebrate the journey of Black professionals to enter the stock exchange as they elevated Black access, brands, and opportunities.

Black History in Two Minutes (or so) is a 4x Webby Award winning series.

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Archival Materials Courtesy of:
• Alamy Images
• Associated Press
• Getty Images

Additional Archival Material Courtesy of:
• Black Enterprise
• Black Entertainment Television
• Forbes
• Fortune
• Slam

Executive Producers:
• Robert F. Smith
• Henry Louis Gates Jr.
• Dyllan McGee
• Deon Taylor

Senior Producer:
• William Ventura

Series Producers:
• Chinisha Scott
• William Ventura

Executive in Charge of Production:
• Robert L. Yacyshyn

Post Production Supervisor:
• Veronica Leib

Post Production Coordinator:
• Katherine Swiatek

Written By:
• Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Additional Writing:
• Kevin Burke
• Kelsi Lindus
• Chinisha Scott
• William Ventura

• Margaret Metzger
• Anne Yao

• Kevin Burke

Archival Producer:
• Megan Graham

• Zoë Smith

Assistant Editors:
• Patrice Bowman
• Nicholas Mastrangelo

Director of Photography:
• Nikki Bramley
• Nausheen Dadabhoy
• Stephen McCarthy

Graphic Design:
• Anthony Kraus

Special Thanks:
• Daina Ramey Berry
• Sam Hartley
• Elyssa Hess
• Stacey Holman
• Hasan Jeffries
• Peniel Joseph
• Imani Perry

Music By:
• Oovra Music

Be Woke presents is brought to you by Robert F. Smith and Deon Taylor.

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