Celebrating Black Excellence: The Intersection of Business, Eco-Innovation, and Social Equity

Monica Sanders
3 min readFeb 23, 2024

During Black History Month, it’s essential to celebrate not only the cultural and historical achievements of the Black community but also to shine a light on the significant contributions of Black entrepreneurs, eco-innovators, and advocates for environmental justice. These leaders and organizations are more than just participants in our economy; they are the driving force behind sustainable development and inclusive prosperity. I explored some of these ideas and met changemakers in my special series for Forbes.com.

Black-Owned Businesses: Catalysts of Innovation and Economic Empowerment

Black-owned businesses are the backbone of resilience and innovation, breaking through systemic obstacles to create avenues for wealth creation and community upliftment. Many Black entrepreneurs actively engage in advocacy, pushing for policies that address environmental disparities and promote equitable access to resources. Their role extends beyond economic contributions, positioning them as advocates for environmental justice, community well-being, and long-term sustainability. Supporting these businesses goes beyond performative actions; it’s a commitment to a future where economic prosperity is attainable for all, regardless of race. “…this funding would act as a catalyst…

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Monica Sanders

Founder, The Undivide Project (www.theundivideproject.org); Activist-Scholar; Professor@Georgetown; Senior Fellow, Tulane Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy