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Black lottery winner decides to rebuild Florida’s Black business community with winnings

Miguel Pilgram, who won $52 million in the lottery in 2010, is using his winnings to help rebuild Florida’s Black community.
Specifically, Pilgram is using his company, The Pilgram Group, to invest in properties on Sistrunk Boulevard, a corridor that was once Fort Lauderdale’s blooming center of Black business but is now known for violence and crime.

The corridor, which was named for James Sistrunk, the first African American hospital in Broward County in 1938, ran directly through the city’s Black business district and was known as the “historical heartbeat of Fort Lauderdale’s oldest black community.”

But after desegregation, the area fell into disrepair.

Now, Pilgram hopes to remedy that situation after his company purchased three buildings on the boulevard, which he hopes to use to build up a jazz lounge, blues lounge, restaurants, and a center for performing arts.

“For me, it’s [about] preserving the community as a whole,” Pilgram told an NBC local affiliate station in South Florida.

He added that it was important to preserve the culture of the area and to let the local residents benefit from their own community.

“I was raised in a similar environment,” he told The Sun-Sentinel. “There is a need, and in my mind, an obligation, to invest there.”

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Comment by dao on November 19, 2017 at 6:28pm
Thank goodness god bless him
Comment by Inez Malone on November 16, 2017 at 1:27pm
Sounds like a plan...
Comment by Vana on November 15, 2017 at 4:20pm

this is why sensible people need to win the lottery.  Not the ones who will squander the money on foolishness like bailing out broke as boyfriends.  But black people who want to build something.  More wealthy blacks should  do this.

Comment by Famohsboy on November 15, 2017 at 1:30pm
We need to see more stories like this. We have black celebrities and sports players that can pool their resources together and make power moves throughout the country. That would be phenomenal.
Comment by mr1stroke on November 15, 2017 at 12:58pm

as long as the returns are right i dont see why not

Comment by vaughn mitchell on November 15, 2017 at 12:49pm
wow, smart man.






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