“No Justice! No Profit!” Blacks Across Country Speak Out With Their Dollar

April V. Taylor

In the wake of the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, many Americans have looked for causes to support that are more relevant to their lives, and Americans all over the country are participating in the Black Business Challenge and Blackout Monday as a way to harness the $1 trillion dollars in annual spending power black people have to build community, speak out about injustice and economic inequality.

Blackout Monday was organized in direct response to the killing of unarmed black  teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson  in Ferguson, Missouri.  The goal of the protest was to have consumers only spend money at black owned businesses.  Participant Taty Richards from Kansas City, Missouri states, “The importance is we have spending power, which means we have the power to make change.  In order to get the change made, you have to be heard.  We’re going to pull our money out and hold it and put it in our businesses in our community.”  Protesters in Kansas City also launched a smartphone application to help people identify black owned businesses in the area.

For those who may have missed Blackout Monday, it is not too late to make your voice heard.  The 30 day Black Business Challenge is a social media campaign occurring throughout the month of September.  The campaign was started by Andre Hatchett of Buy Black NYC.   Hatchett and many participants feel that participating in the challenge is a way to build black businesses, create jobs in our communities and develop resources that will be a catalyst to help black people build power politically, economically, educationally and organizationally.

To participate, simply patronize a black-owned business and document it with a one-minute video.  Be sure to include the business name, location and service provided.  The above link also includes sites that can aid in locating black businesses in your area.



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  1. I would love to participate but the hardest task for me has been FINDING black owned businesses in my area. I am new to California and we are new to our Marine life (hubby joined in Dec). I found a few websites “dedicated” to promoting black owned business but I there were no businesses even listed. It makes me sad. I was looking for blacked owned doctor’s offices especially but I couldn’t seem to find them. HELP!

  2. Is the app on the iPhone? What is the name & is it free thx

  3. This is excellent! We must do this as America has declared genocide on our people.

  4. This is a great idea. One, that black people should have been doing in the first place. However, I live in a black neighborhood and there are not many black owned business here. No grocery stores, no gas statiions, no cleaners. All owned by Indians and other people that are allowed to come to America and get years of tax free money to open businesses. Now, this is something that needs to be changed.

  5. The app that I know about is called “Around The Way”.
    It has the locations of Black Owned Businesses throughout the country with the added ability to upload any additional places that you may know about, frequent or possibly own yourself.
    It is on the android, google play, as well iTunes market so feel free to look it up.

  6. ok black family, I know we can come together on this one, right. shop black and hit back with ya selfie comment. do what you do.

  7. Cumulatively, all black income equates to more than a TRILLION DOLLARS. We have a huge buying margin. This group will accept everyone. We want to point out how much we actually are worth in Dollars. Since we are treated negatively, lets turn that into something positive by supporting black owned businesses. Lets start with the city of Furgeson by submitting black owned businesses that we will support. We will start there and also add black businesses that we will support across the country in every city, even as tourists. We want to concentrate directly in areas where we as black people are not treated right. By collectively supporting black businesses we will grow as a people with the idea to create jobs for those in our community and also show love to one another. No violence. No negativity. All positive actions. We have organized and want everyone to join our movement by submitting names, numbers, and addresses of black owned businesses for all of our daily purchases. Lets turn a negative into a positive. Join the Black Trillionaire "Group" on facebook. Also send friend request on facebook to Lee Michaels (Black Trillionaire Group).

  8. I can't find any black owned businesses in Reno, Nevada. I've looked high and low but nothing. Does doing business online help/work?

  9. I'm in NW Indiana where there are no black businesses except for beauty shops and barbers. I've been ordering products via my husband's Amway. Since I moved here in 2006 I only go to restaurants that hire a lot of black people. This means I never go to Chinese, Japonese, Mexican or Middle Eastern restaurants. There isn't one black owned restaurant here.

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