The Pankey Community – Black Wealth Building and Community Development Isn’t A New Thing In Little Rock

I gotta give credit where credit is due this morning. I woke up and started my Monday routine of coffee, breakfast prep and NPR and after getting a pulse of the top headlines. Then I moved on to scanning my top social media highlights and low and behold my mayor blessed me with a gem this cold February morning.

In case y’all didn’t know, Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., in the midst of all his other responsibilities, has been dropping Little Rock Black History nuggets for our viewing enjoyment. Well this morning he landed one that I didn’t know and I’m super excited about it!

The Pankey Community of Little Rock

Many people operate under the false narrative that Black wealth building and community development are largely new things for African Americans. Stories like this one are evidence that despite significant obstacles Black folks have an amazing capacity to excel and thrive.

You can read more about Mrs. Pankey’s work and legacy in the Encyclopedia of Arkansas or read the write up from Little Rock Soirée HERE.


Marta C. Youngblood is the founder and creative engine behind TheWRITEaddiction creatives co-op founded in 2014 as a virtual community supporting writers from all over the United States of America. Marta’s passion drives her to support the success of creatives from all walks of life to honor their talent and share it with the world. She believes that working in our creative callings does not have to be synonymous with being a “starving artist” and helps creatives master the business skills and strategies they need to work in their gifts.

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