By Denise Stewart
Janice Mathis, leader of one of the nation’s oldest organizations of African-American women, opened the A.G. Gaston Conference in Birmingham Tuesday, calling for compromise, cooperation and collaboration to create jobs.
“We have to create jobs where they are needed the most,” said Mathis, who was appointed executive director of the National Council of Negro Women in 2015.
“The great recession of 2008 is still going on in a lot of African American communities,” Mathis said. “We lost billions of dollars in hard-earned wealth as the value of our homes dissipated and our public policy institutions frankly failed to provide systematic comprehensive solutions.”The A.G. Gaston Conference, presented for 13 years, honors Dr. Gaston, the iconic Birmingham millionaire. It encourages discussion on closing the wealth gap through entrepreneurship and policy.
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