Maintaining its momentum of the past few months, the “Less Talk…More Action” Economic Empowerment Tour (“LTMA”) is scheduled to visit Philadelphia during April with a further touchdown in Baltimore in May, followed by more venues in the coming months. Intent on reaching out to minority communities countrywide and providing them with the planning tools and advice to enable them to make better financial decisions, extensive use is made of empowerment workshops conducted with the local communities. This tour, sponsored by the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, and led by Ryan Mack (President of OIEE, Author, and National Media Commentator), focuses on using financial literacy as a primary tool of empowerment for African American and Latino communities.
The tour, created in direct response to economic hardships faced by the African American and Hispanic communities because of a lagging economy, will traverse the US making stops in as many as thirteen cities and possibly more. Ryan Mack, President of OIEE, has said,
We have assembled a dynamic team of world-renowned experts to create tangible solutions to multifaceted economic hardships that continue to hurt minority communities. The tour will expand beyond the traditional definition of financial literacy to tackle pervasive issues within our communities that continue to plague our bottom line such as unemployment, incarceration, and education. Key elements such as credit repair, planning for retirement, budgeting, and other crucial/traditional measures of financial literacy all need a stronger presence if African Americans and Latinos are to advance economically.
The tour kicked off on October 27, 2011, in New York, NY and made stops in Detroit, MI, Atlanta, GA, Minneapolis, MN, New Orleans, LA and, more recently, Jackson, MS. The next stop on the tour will be on Thursday, April 12 from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. The town hall meeting will be held at the Community College of Philadelphia (1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130). As the name implies, the “Less Talk….More Action Tour,” offers tangible solutions to economically empower communities such as:
- Financial literacy workshops taught to hundreds of minorities in prisons, shelters, public housing residents, churches, unions, youth programs, and more throughout every city.
- Town hall meetings with the focus on highlighting the local experts who perform the work on the ground in each city with financial literacy, education, employment, and incarceration.
- One-hundred Black and Hispanic owned video testimonies on the “Less Talk…More Action” website (www.lesstalkmoreaction.info), which will highlight those businesses in the community worthy of support.
- The “Train the Trainer” program, which recruits at least 10 trainers in every city to use the curriculum to train others and ignite a movement of financial literacy discussions.
- The “Money Movement” (www.moneymovement.org) geared to merge financial literacy with popular culture while recruiting thousands of urban residents in every city to take the “pledge” to become fiscally responsible.
- A book, Never Going Back, which uses the testimonies of experts countrywide to empower incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals with the necessary tools to integrate back into society.
- A book, From Victim to Victory, which galvanizes Black financial experts countrywide to provide a tangible economic road map toward creating the next phase of the civil rights movement to be fought on the economic front.
- A book Dollars and Sense filled with testimonies from educators countrywide that have achieved academic success despite harsh environments of the inner city neighborhoods. The purpose of this book will be to provide tangible proof of best practices for other educators to follow as a model as well as inspire others to infuse financial literacy into their curriculum.
As previously mentioned, the “LTMA” tour has assembled a dynamic team that has dedicated itself to removing the obstacles to economic empowerment within African American and Latino communities. Calling themselves, “Ambassadors of Action”, the following individuals with Ryan Mack will be present during all or most of the tour:
Ambassador of Financial Literacy – Manyell Akinfe, SVP of Optimum Capital Management, Creator of the Money Movement, and National Financial Commentator
Ambassador of Justice – Dr. Boyce Watkins, PHD in Finance, Financial Expert, Social Commentator, and Author
Ambassador of Employment – Andrew Morrison, Founder of Small Business Camp, Direct Marketing Consultant, and Author
Ambassador of Education – Dr. Chris Emdin, PHD in Urban Education, Director of Secondary School Initiatives for Urban Science Education Center at Columbia University, and Author
Additionally, in each city, the tour will be recruiting local volunteers, organizations, churches, corporations and other stakeholders to help energize the tour and ensure its success. Any groups, organizations, or volunteers interested in joining the effort should contact the offices of LMM Communications, Inc., at (414) 389-9906 or e-mail LMAXWELL@LMMCOMMUNICATIONS.com. In addition, any corporations interested in sponsorship or engaging their employees in volunteering for the tour should also contact the office for more information or visit the tour’s website at www.lesstalkmoreaction.info. Information on the tour can also be found on Facebook under “Less Talk…More Action Empowerment Tour Town Hall Meeting”.