Empowering Communities Through Economic Justice: A Conversation with Dorothy Bridges (Part Two)

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As their conversation continues, Dorothy takes Frank and the listeners back in time to 1972, when MEDA was founded amid civil unrest in Minneapolis following the racial inequities highlighted by the civil rights movement. She explains how a group of determined business leaders rallied together with a vision of creating economic opportunities for minority entrepreneurs who faced systemic barriers. Establishing MEDA was an uphill battle, but their efforts during this turbulent time laid the groundwork for decades of impact to come. Flash forward to today, Dorothy underscores how recent Supreme Court decisions striking down affirmative action have illuminated ongoing disparities and increased urgency around MEDA’s mission to empower diverse business owners. However, she remains undeterred, sharing an inspiring call-to-action for how MEDA will continue its legacy of enabling minority entrepreneurs to overcome obstacles, build wealth in their communities, and shape a more just economy. Dorothy’s reflection on the past and look ahead to the future provide poignant bookends to an episode exploring the changemaking role of MEDA over its 50-year journey.