“I feel like we are competing with each other. That doesn’t create an atmosphere of growth, ”Joshua Henderson said.
MEMPHIS, Tennessee – A Memphis native is doing his part to make sure he shows the city’s talent and retains it. Local 24 News reporter Brittani Moncrease introduces us to Joshua Henderson as he hosts a networking event for black entrepreneurs called “A Great Day in Memphis”.
There is so much to say about the city of Memphis. There is culture, music and people. With so much talent, Joshua Henderson, a native of Memphis, has a mission to keep him local.
“I spent seven years in Harlem, New York. There was a famous event or photograph called “Great Day in Harlem,” where all the jazz musicians came together to harness the talents of others and make great music, ”said Henderson, creator of“ A Great Day in Harlem. Memphis “.
It’s an energy that Henderson channels here. The annual event, “A Great Day in Memphis,” began.
“The event is to create a safe space for the creative community in Memphis, Tennessee, to not only inspire and equip, but to retain some of the talent we have here,” Henderson said.
The networking event reaches for the third year the participation of local black entrepreneurs.
“We have Dayna coming in from Google. She’ll first explain to entrepreneurs how they can grow their business through Google,” Henderson said. “I have Tony Smith and Briannaca Saulsberry. They’re both event coordinators in town … We have Kenneth Worles, who is also a marketing agent and is a real estate guru. “
It is an opportunity for black entrepreneurs to work together and not against it.
“I feel like we are competing with each other. This does not create an atmosphere of growth. I also feel like we don’t feel safe in many places where we dream big. I wanted to create a safe space for dreamers and creators to grow up and also have the resources in the room to help them in this growth, ”said Henderson.
Growth is not just for the people, but also for the city of Memphis.
“If we want to see Memphis in the conversation of one from New York, Atlanta, Los Angeles, we have to get together,” Henderson said. “A great friend of mine, Gene Robinson, told me,‘ We all serve each other. That’s how we can get together. “
“A Great Day in Memphis” takes place on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at 3 p.m.