Hundreds gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan to honor Cathy Hughes, a woman who has blazed a trail for Black media in America.
The Equity and Parity luncheon, which was a part of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition 17th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit, was moderated by Sharon Epperson, correspondent for CNBC, and featured remarks from prominent leaders across different industries, including Rev. Jackson, New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer, and Latondra Newton, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer of Toyota Motor North America Inc.
The speakers shared how their personal experiences with racism inspired them to use their platforms as avenues to advocate for change. Both Rev. Jackson and Latondra Newton discussed the need to diversify corporate America. Comptroller Stringer stressed that diversity and inclusion is essential to creating a strong economy not only for New York City, but for the entire country.