Not only is the black community currently experiencing disproportionate death rates from the coronavirus and continued systematic violence by police forces across the United States, the pandemic has also hit black-owned businesses exceptionally hard. Reports show that nearly 95% of black-owned businesses who applied for PPP loans were denied them, and more than of 40% of black-owned businesses had shut down during the pandemic (that’s almost 450,000 business owners—more than any other group).
You also may have heard of the Fifteen Percent Pledge, spearheaded this week by Aurora James of Brother Vellies, insisting that the retail industry do more to include black-owned businesses on the shelves of Target, Whole Foods, Walmart, and more mega-retailers.
If you’re looking for more ways to support black-owned businesses, shopping with them is a direct way to make an impact. We’ve compiled this list—which is by no means exhaustive—of some of our