In 2021, former Harvard Business School professor Steven Rogers released “A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues: What You Can Do Right Now to Help the Black Community.” Through research, case studies and personal stories, Rogers set out to address the problem of the racial wealth gap in America and provide practical solutions to righting centuries of wrongs. His book calls on white people to support Black-owned businesses and deposit savings in Black-owned banks, which can, in turn, provide loans to Black businesses and mortgages to Black families.
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Now, the Chicago-area resident is taking another big step to help Black residents by purchasing property with important historical significance to the community.
Rogers purchased Evanston, Ill.’s Second Church of Christ, Scientist in late 2022. The parking lot was once home to the Sutton family, who built their home there only to be moved to a predominately Black part of town in …