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Black History: Ken Harris Empowers African American, Minority Entrepreneurs

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(credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

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Stephanie Davis
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Ken Harris is all business when it comes to advocating for and helping African American and minority-owned businesses.

WWJ’s Stephanie Davis talked to Harris about the significance of Black History Month and what it means to him. “My purpose is empowering people. Bringing people together,” he said. “Hopefully providing knowledge as I gain. knowledge. And most importantly, looking after those who will come after me,” he added.

Harris is the president, CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber Of Commerce and also sits on the board of the US Black Chamber. He’s proud of his heritage, but he adds “We’ve got a long way to go.”

When it comes to black history — Harris, a PHD candidate at Michigan State, has respect for all of those who paved the way. “The foundation was built for me, but I believe in lifting as we climb,” he said. 

Harris started the Detroit Black Expo ten years ago and masterfully turned it into a must-attend event.

“I’m fortunate to have people like Booker T. Washington who really opened a door when we were initially released from slavery he felt as though African Americans could contribute.”

This article summarizes of a long-form audio interview from our “WWJ Plus” podcast.

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