Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


African-American Studies

First Advisor

Sarita Davis

Second Advisor

Makungu Akinyela

Third Advisor

Maurice Hobson


The purpose of this study is to explore Black women’s experience of becoming and being entrepreneurs and accumulating wealth. Through interview questions that examine social capital, this study allows eight Black women to recall their ever-changing and evolving experience of entrepreneurship and economic mobility. This qualitative study goes beyond empirical data of the wealth gap and the numerical trends of Black women entrepreneurs. The study allowed for Black women to share their experience with wealth accumulation and the social factors, such as networks and relationships that attributed to starting and sustaining a business. Findings and implications will be discussed.