2020 Speaker Series: Shelley Halstead - Building Community, Wealth, and Knowledge Together
Building Community, Knowledge, and Wealth Together: Repairing the Legacy of Redlining in Historic West Baltimore
Black Women Build - Baltimore is a homeownership and wealth-building initiative that trains black women in carpentry, electrical, and plumbing by restoring vacant and deteriorated houses in West Baltimore. Black Women Build-Baltimore was founded in 2017 by Shelley Halstead who believes that for black women to build intergenerational wealth, with the inherent security and prosperity it can generate, they must also learn the skills necessary to maintain that wealth. Homeownership and the ability to maintain that asset is one way this can be achieved.
Shelley talks about how the inherently discriminatory practice of redlining led to the development of West Baltimore as it is today, and then show a new path forward. She describes the intersectional framework that Black Women Build-Baltimore uses to provide holistic training and opportunity to black women and create a healthier, more resilient community in the process.