Pre-existing racial inequities in our region have been magnified by the COVID-19 crisis. Systemic racism targeting San Diego’s Black community, both explicit and structural, has deeply impacted generational upward mobility.

Although Black San Diegans represent only 6.4 percent of our county population, they are disproportionately represented in police arrests, racial profiling, gaps in student achievement, school disciplinary actions, homelessness, unemployment and home ownership.

“We are in a crisis when we talk about generational wealth and the lack of it for the Black community,” shared Donna DeBerry, President & CEO of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce.

For the second installment of our Enabling Community Solutions webinar series, local experts highlighted pre-existing disparities that have created barriers to success and achievement for our local African American community and discussed how the Black Community Investment Fund is working to improve education, entrepreneurship, home ownership and employment opportunities to help build generational wealth for Black San Diegans.

Speakers and local experts included:

  • Donna DeBerry, President and CEO, Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Rudolph Johnson, III, President and CEO, Neighborhood House Association
  • Pamela Gray Payton, Vice President, Chief Impact and Partnerships Officer, The San Diego Foundation

Our Senior Director of Donor and Community Engagement Katie Sawyer moderated this fruitful, eye-opening conversation. View the webinar and share your thoughts or questions in the comments below.