Black History Month: Finance Edition with Anthony Copeman
Black History Month is a celebration for African-Americans who have paved or are paving the way for future generations. We collaborated with several finance influencers who are making a difference throughout their community and beyond. We asked those same influencers to share their thoughts about generational wealth, legacy building, the Black dollar, and more.
Anthony Copeman is a Certified Financial Education Instructor (CFEI), founder, and Chief Visionary of Financial Lituation, a digital platform to help young people reinvent their finances and reimagine their freedom. Copeman is committed to assisting young people in learning how to use their money as a tool to advance their dreams and careers. Copeman created the animated series, $hares to help young people learn about money while empowering them to make well-informed financial decisions.
Check out Anthony Copeman's answers to our Black History Month finance questions below.
Q1: What is the significance of the Black dollar to you?
The Black dollar represents the opportunity to break generational curses and build generational wealth.
Q2: Is there a historical story or fact that made you look at wealth-building differently?
I am inspired by the work of Dr. Leon Sullivan, who founded the Opportunities Industrializations Center (commonly known as, OIC), an organization dedicated to the help those in poverty gain the skills and resources needed to be financially successful through training, job placement, education, and economic development. Dr. Sullivan founded the first Black-owned shopping center in America, Progress Plaza in Philadelphia, which is still owned and managed by Blacks today. He was the first Black person to ever sit on a corporate board in America (General Motors).
Q3: What does a financial legacy look like for you?
Building a financial legacy includes educating my community on making their money work for them, not against them. It also includes creating and investing in businesses that will enhance and sustain wealth in my community.
Q4: Share lyrics that speak to your financial philosophy.
“I'd rather die enormous than live dormant” - Jay Z, “Can I Live”
Q5: What is the biggest financial lesson that you have learned?
The biggest financial lesson I've learned is that true wealth is always manifested in the mind before it presents itself in the form of money.
To learn more about Anthony Copeman and Financial Lituation, visit the website or social media pages, Instagram and Twitter. Also, check out $haresTV (an extension of Financial Lituation), an animated series dedicated to helping millennials make their money work for them.