We can never go back to where we were before the death of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, and Mike Brown. We knew that we were in trouble. It was evident by the economic stress of many within our communities; the changes in Federal regulations that disqualified many minorities and low-income families for Parent Plus loans, the amount of debt that students are graduating with, along with the leveling of pay for professional careers despite inflation increasing the cost of everything. The lack of trade schools or opportunities to learn trades in high school. The cost of early learning programs for our children have skyrocketed. Our mental health and substance abuse resources continue to be defunded, closing programs that are vitally needed in many communities. The writing was on the wall and it was only a matter of time before the pot boiled over. So here we are, in the middle of an uprising with a heart for change with the need for sustainable plans to continue the path to progression. Hence the birth of #BlackExcellenceSaturdays.
My goal is for us collectively to take control of our narrative and stop waiting on someone outside of our communities to tell us how to rebuild our communities. We know how and we can do the work together. Here is a way in which we are going to work together to support and connect with Black businesses:
- The 50 people that I have ultimately connected with will help me find 3 Black owned businesses in their city.
- An eating establishment/bar/lounge
- A business that provides a good or service
- A cultural/health focused activity
- We are going to use our social media connections to promote these 3 businesses/activities and encourage participation on that designated Saturday of the month.
- We are going to do this for 12 months.
- We are going to show up on that designated Saturday and support that businesses with our dollars.
- We are each going to bring our family and friends and ask them to bring their family and friends.
- We are going to network with each other and share our personal business ventures.
- We are going to rebuild our community connections in person and have knowledge of the businesses in our community and those who may be able to help us in our own ventures.
- We are going to build the movement by posting pictures on our social media outlets using #BlackExcellenceSaturdays
The goal of this initiative is to eventually subconsciously patronize Black owned businesses and local businesses in our community that support our community. We hope to inspire and encourage other entrepreneurs to open and establish businesses in our communities because they know that they will have our support. This is not an organization but a lifestyle.
Whenever possible, we encourage those attending to be dressed to the 9s, including our children.
- To bring positive attention to the movement
- You are more likely to compliment and easily connect with someone who is dressed up
- To honor our ancestors who used every opportunity to celebrate our beauty
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Here are some suggested looks but we encourage you to celebrate with us however you feel comfortable: