Pharrell Williams calls for economic fairness at MLK event | Richmond Free Press

VIRGINIA BEACH — Singer and music producer Pharrell Williams is challenging corporate America to “do more” by supporting entrepreneurs of color and embracing economic equity measures.

In remarks on Monday at the Urban League of Hampton Roads’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. Awards program, Williams said big business needs to invest in people of color and noted that some of them are doing so. already.

“Not all companies,” Mr. Williams added. “The smart ones – the ones who will be here in 50 years.”

Mr Williams pointed to Japanese venture capital and finance group SoftBank which he said attended a forum in October at Norfolk State University. He said the group invests in founders of color, who can then create generational wealth and change their cities for the better.

Mr. Williams, who was born in Virginia Beach, also urged businesses and philanthropists to support the Urban League and thanked the local chapter for its work in the areas of financial well-being, health care and housing.

The event, which could not take place in person due to COVID-19, was streamed live on Facebook and YouTube. Several local leaders were honored for representing Dr. King’s social justice legacy.

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