The Reconstruction | February 1, 2021

Welcome to The Reconstruction

David Bank
ImpactAlpha Editor

David Bank

ImpactAlpha, Feb 1 – The Reconstruction series will engage investors, entrepreneurs, activists and academics in the U.S. and around the world, as Aiken puts it, “to inspire us as we move capital toward justice.”

The Rev. William Barber, among other leaders and scholars, has suggested the current period represents a third Reconstruction (the second one encompassing the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 60s). 

“That first Reconstruction was a time of great promise and extraordinary achievement by newly free Black people in all dimensions of life, including politics and business,” Aiken says in her introduction to the series. “That was followed by a backlash that sought to dismantle that success and destroy its leaders.”

“The backlash is often what’s remembered, another legacy of those that strove to control the historical narrative,” says Aiken, who is also managing director of The Investment Integration Project. “But we resonate with the possibilities, and the possibility that this time the outcome will be different.”

This podcast is part of ImpactAlpha’s new podcast series, The Reconstruction. Host: Monique Aiken. Editor: David Bank. Producer: Isaac Silk. Special thanks to Lyneka Little and Cesar Chavez.

Find episodes of The Reconstruction podcast, and all of ImpactAlpha’s coverage of racial justice and inclusive prosperity, on our new landing page.