Jarquita Brown (communications and development coordinator) said that Harlem Nights was a celebration of black culture in America. It inspired the award ceremony. It was inspired by the 1920s Harlem Renaissance. She said that it was a period in history that changed our culture to the present. “It was an era that caused a profound shift in the minds and hearts of black people coming together and creating this ecosystem of resources and tools for generations to follow.” Higher Purpose Co., a nonprofit led by blacks, stated that it focuses on building “community wealth” with Mississippi’s black residents. The nonprofit also stressed the importance of recognizing entrepreneurs from the black community. It will be less surprising that we are honoring black excellence, I hope. Constance Brown, the capital access coordinator for the organization, said that she hopes this will be the beginning of a new norm. “… It is always nice to meet someone like you. Tim Lampkin, co-founder of the group, announced the launch of their $2.5 million campaign to purchase a 13,000-square foot commercial property in downtown Clarksdale. This will be used as the nonprofit’s headquarters and a regional wealth hub. The space will house a creative learning laboratory, co-working space and business offices. It also includes a multi-purpose theater, museum gift shop, food hall, marketplace, and multi-purpose theater.