Despite the ingenuity and striving of generations, Black Americans have found their opportunities systematically limited by racial inequities in virtually every aspect of society and the economy, write senior partner Shelley Stewart and senior partner emeritus James Manyika. Dismantling the barriers that have kept Black Americans from fully participating in the US economy could unleash a wave of growth, dynamism, and productivity. In a four-part series, we’ll dive into the critical gaps Black Americans face in their roles as entrepreneurs, workers, consumers, and residents. In this first collection, check out our research on Black business ownership—and the opportunities to build more supportive ecosystems. Be sure to bookmark this page for more insights from the McKinsey Institute for Black Economic Mobility throughout #BlackHistoryMonth.