Black Future Weekend: Tech is the New Black – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia 2021-09-28 12:42:00 –

(Black Future Weekend is from October 1st to October 2nd. Photo courtesy of Dream Corps Tech via Instagram)

Tech is the future, and Dream Corps Tech confirms that the Black Community is part of it.

Dream Corps Tech was founded at the 2014 ESSENCE Festival by award-winning artist Prince and CNN commentator Van Jones.

Michelle Ferguson, director of the National Community Initiatives, spoke with Atlanta Voice about a partnership created by Dream Corps Tech to improve the Black Tech Community.

“We have been very interested in the Black Future Weekend of those seeking help or committing with their hands, especially since the murder of George Floyd,” Ferguson said.

Black Future Weekend will be held in Atlanta from October 1st to October 2nd. The purpose of this event is to prepare the black community for a “technically enhanced future” by providing panels and forums so that everyone can anticipate the game.

The initiative arose from the Trayvon Martin incident. There was a conversation between Prince and Van Jones, close friends who wanted to play their part in changing the story of blacks.

“When I think of Black Futures, it’s not always represented by what we’re trying to represent or influence,” Ferguson said. She went on to say that the black community had to keep track of things so they wouldn’t be left behind.

Ferguson has begun the idea for Black Future Weekend and is working closely with CNN contributor Van Jones, who is passionate about the initiative.

“Looking at the traces of Prince on Dream Corps Tech, we’re always trying to think differently,” she said.

Ferguson emphasized the importance of their partners committing outside the deal to create an equal playing field for blacks in the tech field.

“Many companies have raised their hands and promised to diversify and be fair in their technology sectors,” Ferguson said.

Dream Corps Tech works with large companies such as Target, San Francisco 49ers, Microsoft and Cash App.

“They (49ers) have provided support for the re-entry cohort so that imprisoned people have the opportunity to train with us for the role of technical sales.” Ferguson said.

She encourages anyone interested in joining the technology industry. She emphasizes that it’s not easy, but Dream Corps Tech will make it easier.

“I want people to be energized and inspiring. They are on a journey to find and get to a place in the future, with us and our help.” She said.

She believes that one of Dream Corps Tech’s many goals is to help generate generational wealth within the black community.

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