Jesse Williams invests in Greenwood to bank Black and Latinx customers

Actor and activist Jesse Williams, with a net worth of $12 million, has become the latest celebrity investor in Greenwood, a new digital banking platform aimed at Black and Latinx customers.

Jesse Williams invests in Greenwood to bank Black and Latinx customers

Actor and activist Jesse Williams, with a net worth of about $12 million, has become the latest celebrity investor in Greenwood, a new digital banking platform aimed at Black and Latinx customers. Known for his role as Dr. Jackson Avery on the long-running ABC series Grey’s Anatomy, Williams is a lifelong civil rights activist who serves on the board of directors for Advancement Project, a national racial justice organization. “The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recognized economic justice as the final frontier in the fight for civil rights,” Williams said in a statement, “His vision has yet to be realized but I am excited about the prospects of Greenwood in meeting this core need.” The online banking platform, founded by former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young, rapper and activist Killer Mike, and music and television executive Ryan Glover, currently has more than 200,000 people on its waiting list to open accounts. Williams and his ex, Aryn Drake-Lee, have finalized their divorce, three years after they agreed to split, and he said recently that was the "happiest he's ever been." Williams won the BET Humanitarian Award in 2016 and an NAACP Image Award in 2019. In third quarter of 2020, just 31 startups with black founders received venture capital out of 1,383 deals. This represents a 2% inclusion rate, despite blacks making up 15% of the U.S. population. Greenwood is named after the 35-city block district of Greenwood District near Tulsa, Oklahoma, known commonly as the “Black Wall Street" at the time, which was home to more than 300 black-owned stores and businesses before June 1, 1921, when the entire city was rioted, burned, and destroyed by a white mob. Greenwood will give $10,000 grants to black and latinx small business owners on a monthly basis and offer free meals to any family that signs up.