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NYSE Group and Black Enterprise Magazine Salute the Legacy of African Americans in the Financial Services Industry

March 26, 2007 by  
Filed under Money/Business

Reception to Honor African American Contributions on Wall Street

New York, NY (Akiit.com) – NYSE Group, Inc. and BLACK ENTERPRISE Magazine have teamed up to pay tribute to the past, present and future of African Americans on Wall Street. The two organizations will host a fundraiser benefiting an upcoming documentary, Wall Street In the Black, and Operation HOPE, Inc., a non-profit organization teaching youth the importance of financial literacy. The event will honor the individuals and firms who have shaped the African American presence on Wall Street during a reception and dinner at the NYSE on Wednesday, April 25, 2007.

Confirmed Event Sponsors to Date Include:

NYSE Group, Inc.
Black Enterprise Magazine
Credit Suisse
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Goldman Sachs
Lehman Brothers
Morgan Stanley
Operation HOPE, Inc.

To honor the contributions of blacks on Wall Street, both past and present, the dinner will also include a special introduction of members from Black Enterprise’s “75 Most Powerful Blacks on Wall Street” for 2006. This historic event also serves as a fundraiser to support Operation HOPE, Inc., a non-profit whose mission is to expand economic opportunity in underserved communities through economic education and empowerment. Additionally, proceeds from the evening will support the completion of Wall Street In the Black, a groundbreaking documentary that spotlights pioneering African Americans on Wall Street.

“NYSE Group is proud to be involved in highlighting the achievements of African-Americans on Wall Street,” said NYSE Regulation Executive Vice President, Market Surveillance, Robert Marchman. “Through the NYSE Diversity Council, the Exchange works diligently to cultivate diversity education within NYSE Group and financial literacy in the community. Our participation in supporting the development of Wall Street In the Black and the worthwhile efforts of Operation HOPE are valuable opportunities for us to continue that important mission on an even broader scale.”

“For more than 35 years, BLACK ENTERPRISE has chronicled the history of blacks on Wall Street,” said Earl G. Graves Sr., chairman and publisher of Black Enterprise. “We were the first to report on Russell L. Goings, Jr, of First Harlem Securities; Travers Bell and Willie Daniels of Daniels & Bell; and most recently celebrated the achievements of the 75 most powerful blacks on Wall Street. It is important for us to recognize these individuals and firms who continue to provide opportunities for African Americans in the finance industry.”

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