AACCNJ: Retired NFL Star Malcolm Jenkins To Speak at Juneteenth Black Business Expo


Courtesy of African American Chamber of Commerce

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TRENTONThe African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey announced this week that retired Philadelphia Eagles player and social activist Malcolm Jenkins will be the keynote speaker for the Juneteenth Black Business 2024 Expo at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus Teaneck campus on June 13 from 9-4 p.m.

Jenkins, a New Jersey native, is a 13-year NFL veteran, two-time Super Bowl champion, three-time Pro-Bowl honoree, NFLPA Executive Committee board member, entrepreneur, philanthropist, executive director, published author, an Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee, CNN contributor, and advocate for social justice.

Jenkins created MALCOLM INC., a holding company for the various business verticals he co-founded. He has also created:

  • LISTEN UP MEDIA, a multimedia production company with the mission to showcase and distribute content that creates social awareness around systemic issues in society.
  • BROAD STREET VENTURES, a $10 million investment vehicle funded entirely by Black and Brown investors, including a group of fellow NFL players.
  • DISRUPT FOODS, a multi-unit franchise developer and operator of 20+ quick service restaurants aiming to level the economic playing field for Blacks and Hispanics through Franchise Ownership.
  • DAMARI, a custom clothing company that includes ready-to-wear and made-to-measure men’s and women’s suits.

As a philanthropist, Jenkins strives to make a positive difference in the lives of youth in underserved communities through his non-profit, public charity, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, who are proud members of the AACCNJ.

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“I am humbled to stand alongside the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey for their second annual Black Business Expo. As we honor Juneteenth and delve into ‘The Journey Continues,’ I am eager to share my journey in entrepreneurship and what it’s taught me about the enduring spirit of our community. In spaces like these, we chart a course forward, fueled by innovation, collaboration, and unwavering determination,” Jenkins said.

John Harson, founder and CEO of the African American Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey said he was “extremely” excited to have Jenkins as speaker because of what he has done off the field as well as on it.

“His voice is critical today and beyond as we drive our mission of an equitable coexistence in New Jersey and America,” said Harmon. The theme for the 2024 Expo, The Journey Continues, reflects on the progress made since Booker T. Washington founded the Negro Business League, and the formation and subsequent destruction and revitalization of Black Wall Street.

“The secondary themes: Resilience, Relevance, and Recompense highlight the legacy of strength, the value proposition of the AACCNJ, and a focus on recompense, through intentional support of DEI Initiatives.”

Harmon said the themes move to a specific call to action in the current post-affirmative action ruling and the recent results of the Disparity Study, commissioned by the Murphy administration.

“The Expo will be a dynamic, educational, and collaborative event focusing on entrepreneurship and the economic disparity that continues today,” Hamon said. “It will build on the success of the inaugural Expo and highlight innovative exhibits, matchmaking sessions, a business corner for professional headshots, a pitch competition, an essay writing contest, interactive AI Technology for your business, a variety of workshops, and much more, with most activities taking place under one roof at Fairleigh Dickinson University.”

For more information on the Juneteenth Black Business Expo, visit: https://www.aaccnj.com/black-business-expo.

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