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The Black Wall Street District (Est. 1998) in Oakland is California's Premiere African American spiritual, arts and commerce District

Thursday, June 12, 2008 02:33:03
By Ron Carter, South Street Journal Publisher

Taking a page out of the history books of Tulsa, OK (1830-1921) the district stretches from High Street to the San Leandro border along International Boulevard. Along Black Wall Street you will find Haywood Karate School, 55th Avenue Tire Repair, Hamiltonís Beauty Supply, Rider's Auto Detail Center and AM/PM Mini Mart. You will discover the best soul food and seafood at Holiday Fish & Soul Food Restaurant and The Soul Food Kitchen.

Major worship centers include Bethel Baptist church formally pastored by the late-great H. C. Guice (1914-2008) for 58 years, Allen Temple Baptist Church, and the world renowned Bishop Walter Hawkins Love Center Ministries and Edwin Hawkins Music & Arts Seminar. Places to shop include Swing N Rings Clothing, Ebony Fashions, L & A Motors, and One Stop Liquor Store.

Rev. Michael Carter, Sr., National Chairman for Black Wall Street District USA said, "The potential of this African American economic center is great and will be rewarding to future generations. Generations we will never meet."

The merchants of this association owe a great deal of gratitude to the visionaries of this community. People like Dr. J.L. Allen, Dr. C.C. Bailey, Dr. Hebert Guice, Wilson Riles, Sr. & Jr., Juanita & Billy Joe Ambers, Charles Hill, Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Mayor Lionel Wilson, Bishop Walter Hawkins, Pastor Ray Mack, just to mention a few. Without those above and many others who paved the way for us this would not be possible.

Black Wall Street District activities include annual Black History month celebrations, business luncheon events, networking luncheons, social events, periodic special events such as business expos and health fairs. BWSMA s' membership are comprised 369 district local merchants, 1,272 national businesses, 12 national and local organizations, people of all faiths and ethnic backgrounds. Merchant membership benefits include participation in the monthly 1st Saturday's Business Development Workshop, networking sessions promoting trustworthy professional relations; opportunities to pursue additional sales, leads and referrals; and venues to meet others and to promote businesses, products and services.

While visiting California BWSD encourage people to visit the Black Wall Street District in Oakland. As a home away from home. Visit us today and support these African American merchants and all of our entrepreneurs.