What are the economic policies the nation needs to build thriving communities in which Black Americans can thrive? As Amara Enyia wrote in the introduction to a recent NPQ series on The Vision for Black Lives: An Economic Policy Agenda, “the Black radical tradition has long been clear on the importance of economic justice.”

This webinar conversation builds on the articles in that series, taking a deep look at what the elements of that agenda look like. Participating in the conversation are the following people:

Among the many topics the webinar explores are the following:

  • What is an economic policy vision of the Movement for Black Lives?
  • What are the Black radical roots of today’s economic justice vision?
  • What is the philanthropic case for reparations?
  • What have been the effects of the war on drugs and mass incarceration on the wellbeing of Black communities? How can public policy compensate for the damage done?
  • How can participatory budgeting lead to more effective community-based decision-making regarding the allocation of public resources?
  • What does a Black radical economic vision for housing justice look like?
  • What policy changes are needed at the level of the federal government?
  • What narrative changes are needed to advance the policy vision?




Dr. Amara Enyia and Temi F. Bennett, “The Case for Reparations in Philanthropy,” NPQ, February 14, 2024.

Dr. Amara Enyia, “The Vision for Black Lives: An Economic Policy Agenda,” NPQ, February 7, 2024.

Dr. Amara Enyia, “How to Advance Housing Affordability—The Ongoing Struggle,” NPQ, March 6, 2024.

Shanelle Mathews, How to Eliminate the Myth of Meritocracy and Build the World We Deserve, NPQ, March 13, 2024.

Rahel Teka, “Making Participatory Budgeting Work: The Equity Imperative,” NPQ, February 28, 2024.

Rich Wallace, “Why Reparations Can Counter the Legacy of a 50-Year ‘War on Drugs’” NPQ, February 21, 2024.