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Fifteen Cents on the Dollar – A Conversation about Racial Wealth Gaps at Hibernian Hall

May 30 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for a deep dive into the complexities of racial wealth disparities and strategies for change.

Thursday, May 30th, 2024

5:30 PM – Networking and refreshments

6:30 PM – Data presentation and panel discussion


An evening of networking, snacks from local food businesses, a compelling presentation on data regarding racial wealth gaps in Boston and beyond, and an engaging panel with local change makers followed by audience Q & A.

First 50 registrants will receive a free copy of Fifteen Cents on the Dollaupon its release on June 18th, 2024!

Limited space capacity – register today!


About the book

Fifteen Cents on the Dollar

How Americans Made the Black-White Wealth Gap

By Louise Story, Ebony Reed

A sweeping, deeply researched narrative history of Black wealth and the economic discrimination embedded in America’s financial system through public and private actions that created today’s Black-white wealth gap.

The early 2020s will long be known as a period of racial reflection. In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd, Americans of all backgrounds joined together in historic demonstrations in the streets, discussions in the workplace, and conversations at home about the financial gaps that remain between white and Black Americans. This deeply investigated book follows the lives of seven Black Americans of different economic levels, ages and professions during the three years following this period of racial reckoning.

Drawing on intimate interviews with these individuals—three of whom are well known and four of whom most readers will learn about for the first time in the book—the authors bring data, research and history to life. Fifteen Cents on the Dollar shows the scores of set-backs that have held the Black-white wealth gap in place—from enslavement to redlining to banking discrimination—and ultimately, the set-backs that occurred in the mid-2020s as the push for racial equity became a polarized political debate.

Fifteen Cents on the Dollar is a comprehensive, deeply human look at Black-white wealth-gap history, told through the lives Black Americans as well as through the development of a new bank intended to help close the Black-white wealth gap. Seasoned journalist-academics Louise Story and Ebony Reed provide crucial insights on American economic equity, Black business ownership, and political and business practices that leave Black Americans behind. In chronicling how these staggering injustices came to be, they show how and why so little progress on the wealth gap has been made and provide insights Americans should consider if they want lasting change.

Visit www.15cents.info for more information on the book. Louise and Ebony jointly teach an MBA class on racial wealth gaps at The Yale School of Management.


About the authors/moderators

Louise and Ebony jointly teach an MBA class on racial wealth gaps at The Yale School of Management.

Louise Story

Louise is a prize-winning investigative journalist who spent more than 15 years at the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, where she was the top masthead editor running coverage strategy. Her work investigating corruption led to the largest kleptocracy forfeiture in U.S. history, a scandal known as the 1MDB case. Her work during the 2008 financial crisis led to a multi-billion dollar settlement in the derivative market and to Goldman Sachs’s S.E.C. settlement. Projects she led have received honors including Emmy Awards, Pulitzer Prize finalist citations, and Online News Association awards. Louise’s film “The Kleptocrats” aired on the BBC, Apple and Amazon. She teaches about racial wealth gaps at The Yale School of Management.

Ebony Reed

Ebony began her career as a reporter at The Plain Dealer, covering Cleveland public schools, documenting public education’s inequities, with her work recognized by The Investigative Reporters & Editors organization. At the Detroit News, she managed the local coverage during the 2008 economic crisis. Now the Chief Strategy Officer at The Marshall Project, she has held other senior roles at the Associated Press, Boston Business Journal, and The Wall Street Journal. She’s taught at more than a half dozen institutions, including The Yale

School of Management, where she co-teaches with Louise.