Juneteenth: A Time to Celebrate, Reflect, and Advance

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia – Juneteenth Emancipation Day, June 19, 1900, Texas

Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery.  The specific date, June 19 commemorates when word that slavery was abolished reached Texas, years after the Emancipation Proclamation.  Since that time, Juneteenth has become an official state holiday in Texas and is celebrated across the United States via festivals, cookouts, and more.  This includes concerted efforts to improve the well being of African Americans.

As I celebrate and reflect this Juneteenth, I ponder how to advance the support of black owned businesses.  I shop black owned for many reasons but Juneteenth especially reminds me that I do it for the ancestors who were not able to develop and benefit economically from their talents.  Instead, their talents were suppressed and exploited for others’ benefit.  Now, I want to ensure that I contribute to the ability of my contemporaries to go as far as they can in their pursuit of liberty and economic vitality.  A list of  tools for finding black owned businesses is presented towards the end of this post.

Supporting black owned also provides me with a sense of swag as I go about my daily business.  Whether it is using or wearing a watch, makeup, or socks, this swag helps serve as a coat of armor against the routine micro- and macro-aggressions of existing while black.  I know that through these purchases of essential and optional items that I not only find great items that work for me, but also help to insulate others against the many “mainstream” forces that are not in our favor.

I encourage you to use this time to examine your commitment to exploring and supporting black owned businesses.  There are many tools to assist you.  Consider using these tools FIRST before heading out to shopping centers to buy from chain retail stores with long records of shopping while black issues; and whose steeper and centralized profits and taxes support municipalities with agents and policies that perpetuate disparity.

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Tools for Shopping Black Owned

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  • Black American Made offers a database by which you can find goods and services by category and location.  They also sell products online. 
  • Eat Black Owned offers a directory of black owned restaurants.  You can search by location.
  • Eat Okra is available on the APP store.  The app helps you find local black owned restaurants.
  • ExBlackly is available on the APP store.  The app helps you find black businesses by location, and you can search by category.
  • Official Black Wall Street (BWS) offers an A – Z directory of goods and services.  You can also search for categories, and by locations (cities and states).  In addition, an app is available for which you can find nearby businesses from your current location.

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  • RankTribe offers a an online business directory where you can search by category and location, as well as an app.

  • Shop With Leslie (yours truly) offers an A – Z directory of goods from brands that  sell online. Blog posts identify where you can find specific goods (e.g., goat’s milk soap, makeup primer, and rain gear).

  • Support Black Owned offers an A – Z directory of goods and services.  You can identify business listings by categories and states.  There is also a global directory for which you can search by country.  An app is also available.

  • The Black Wallet is available in the APP store. Here you can find both local and online businesses by category.

  • We Buy Black is an online platform from which you can purchase a variety of goods.  You can find specific items by category or keyword.  They also have blog posts that feature specific types of goods or companies.

  • Where U Came From offers a directory of goods and services in which you can search by keyword and location.  An app is also available for which you can find nearby businesses.

In reviewing these companies and resources I am sure you will find black owned goods and services that work for you!

Happy Explorations!

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  10. Singletary, Michelle.  “Shopping while black:  African Americans continue to face retail racism.”  17 May, 2018.  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/get-there/wp/2018/05/17/shopping-while-black-african-americans-continue-to-face-retail-racism/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.41d1117ca6ff

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3 thoughts on “Juneteenth: A Time to Celebrate, Reflect, and Advance

  1. Nineteenth is so important to our community. I really wish it got more shine. Thanks for bringing light and providing such great information.

  2. For the longest I didn’t know what i was celebrating (as a child). As I got older, I learned more. Still uncanny how they don’t speak about it in our schools. ☹️ Definitely feel you on buying black. ✊🏾

  3. You’ve presented some awesome options to shop black-owned business, something that I would like to more of on a frequent basis. I actually ended up getting into an argument with my BIL about Juneteenth and we’re not speaking anymore. :-/ Le sigh, I digress. I love your blog and I look forward to reading more from you.

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