In honor of Maggie Walker’s Birthday, I wanted to share with you how her legacy has inspired my fight to build a better Richmond.
The daughter of a former slave, Maggie Lena Walker was born in Richmond just before the end of the Civil War, and she went on to become the first woman to own and run a bank in the United States.
Against the backdrop of Jim Crow, Walker made it her life’s mission to empower Black communities through education and civic engagement, but her top priority was building Black wealth.
After opening the St. Luke Penny Saving Bank in 1903, she encouraged her community to open savings accounts and invest their money in Black-owned businesses. She focused her attention on empowering poor and working-class Black Richmonders, especially women, and lead to a significant increase in Black homeownership.
Mrs. Walker didn’t have a seat at the table, so she built her own.
Creating a city in the spirit of Maggie Walker’s vision means ensuring equity, justice, and opportunity for all, and that’s precisely why I am running for office. Her fight for economic justice is as relevant today as it was at the turn of the century, and her legacy inspires me to continue my fight to build a better Richmond that works for everyone.
It is a true honor to run for office in the Second District, where Maggie Walker grew up, raised her family, built her financial empire, and worked tirelessly to give agency to Richmond’s Black community. When I am elected to City Council I will continue her mission and ensure that everyone has a seat at the table.
Happy Birthday and thank you, Mrs. Walker, for your commitment to empowering our community and inspiring countless Black Richmonders to reach our full potential.