How to get more Black workers in the hospitality industry

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The hospitality industry can be a satisfying and well-paying career for Black people, says Donald Wilson, founder of Black Hospitality Workers. Photo by Shutterstock.

The hospitality industry used to have a strong representation of Black workers. That changed about 40 years ago, according to Reverend Donald Wilson, the founder of Black Hospitality Workers, an organization that provides support and training for Black people looking to work in the hospitality industry. 

Wilson says with hotel bookings close to pre-pandemic levels again, the hospitality industry needs more workers, and his organization helps identify potential employees who could fill those gaps. Wilson started his career as a dishwasher and worked his way up to a lucrative career as a chef, and he says it’s essential to get the word out to Black people looking for work that the hospitality industry can be a satisfying and well-paying career.


Donald Wilson started his career as a dishwasher and worked his way up to a lucrative career as a chef. Photo courtesy of Donald Wilson.

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