Bus tours are one thing but a transatlantic historically black college and university bus tour? Now that sounds like a party!
The first of its kind, the I Love Black People tour seeks to promote Black wealth and economic liberation among the minds of young HBCU students. Read below to find out about this amazing tour and opportunity.
I LOVE BLACK PEOPLE TOUR BUS SPREADING TECH LOVE TO HBCU’S TO PROMOTE BLACK WEALTH & ECONOMIC LIBERATION
Black Tech Startup to Visit 21 HBCU’s Through the Months of October and November
Washington, DC, October 19, 2017 – Black owed, bitcoin startup BitMari, launches the first ever I ❤Black People Transatlantic HBCU Bus Tour! They will be rolling through Atlanta, GA Florida A&M University, Friday, October 20th – Monday, October 23rd, stopping at Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta University.
Each stop features many activities that include focus group discussions, fintech hackathons, tech job recruitment, visits to black banks & businesses and black history quizzes. The overarching goal of the inaugural tour is to spur, promote and celebrate black business and innovation throughout the Diaspora. Also, BitMari will collaborate with campus leaders, local businesses and change-agents to evangelize the benefits of STEM education, entrepreneurship, and Blockchain technology.
BitMari will be hitting seventeen stateside HBCU’s in the month of October to do just that. The lucky schools taking part in this experience will be Howard University, The University of the District of Columbia, Morgan State, Coppin State, North Carolina A&T, Tennessee State, Florida A&M, Tuskegee, Spelman, Morehouse, Clark Atlanta University, Jackson State, Huston-Tillotson, Texas Southern University, Prairie View, Paul Quinn and Harris-Stowe. From there, BitMari will take the tour across the Atlantic Ocean to visit eight HBCU’s in Zimbabwe during the month of November. The stops include the University of Zimbabwe, Midlands State University, National University of Science and Technology, Lupane State University, Bindura University of Science Education, Africa University and Great Zimbabwe University.
There are three points that will be stressed during the tour. The first will be to #BuyBlack. This means supporting black businesses that are providing quality goods and services to the public. “Buying Black” will not only help sustain those businesses but will also help to create institutions that will help fortify their communities and build wealth for future generations.
The second point is to #BankBlack. This point promotes the importance of black-owned financial institutions that are sensitive to the needs and concerns of black people. An idea that was reinforced by a 2014 FDIC study that found that black-owned banks in the U.S. are significantly more likely to lend in low-to-moderate income communities and to borrowers of color than many major banks. BitMari has already started this work in The Republic of Zimbabwe, where a few months ago, they made history by becoming the first Bitcoin startup to be granted an international remittance license by an African Central bank. As a result, Zimbabweans can use BitMari’s mobile wallet to transact in Bitcoin via their commercial bank partner Agribank, bypassing the predatory fees of traditional remittance companies.
The third and final point stressed will be to #BuildBlack. This is a call for the global black community to step up and support its innovators and entrepreneurs. The theme also challenges business leaders to collaborate more in an effort to promote financial growth and collective wealth throughout the Diaspora.
Through this tour, the young, black minds of tomorrow will get the tools they need to financially empower themselves and build stronger foundations in their respective communities.
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