Our mission is to prepare Black and other youth for economic independence by focusing on: self-esteem, health, goal-setting, academic achievement, study skills, diploma and degree completion, work skills, business opportunities, service to others, and citizenship.
The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute™ was established in 2001 as an outgrowth of a book, Saving Black America: An Economic Plan for Civil Rights, by CHHI™ President, Dr. John Odom. CHHI™ serves the Black community and strengthens the entire community through a variety of social, educational and economic outreach programs.
Our Madison, Wisconsin home is the first of what will one day be a nationwide network of Black Investment Boards and centers for community change where Black business leaders work together to guide major economic initiatives. Separately, these boards will have the power to help the poor and opportunity youth in their own neighborhoods; together, they will offer new hope, new freedom and new financial stability to a nation of Black Americans.
As Charles Hamilton Houston sought equality through the workings of justice, CHHI™ pursues equity through the promise of economic independence. Like Professor Houston, WE WILL SUCCEED!
John Odom, Ph.D. • President
Gynarva Van Monroe • Secretary
Joseph Thomas, J.D.
Anthony Timmons, MBA • Treasurer
Kalyanna 'Yanna' Williams
Walter Williams • Vice President