In honor of the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre, Dallas’s Friendship-West Baptist Church launched an initiative to amplify Black entrepreneurs from September 23 to December 31. The drive is committed to the economic justice owed to Black communities across the country.
Just in time for the holiday season, Pastor Frederick Haynes is encouraging shoppers to support Black-owned businesses through Friendship-West’s “100 Days of Buying Black” campaign. By closing out the year spending dollars within Black-owned businesses, the megachurch hopes to advocate for inclusive lending practices and do the necessary work towards sustainable development within the Black community.
“THIS CAMPAIGN IS INSPIRED BY THE VICTORIOUS STORY THAT TURNED TRAGIC ABOUT THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY KNOWN AS BLACK WALL STREET,” HAYNES TOLD SPECTRUM LOCAL NEWS. “EARLIER THIS YEAR, WE COMMEMORATED 100 YEARS SINCE THAT PHENOMENAL COMMUNITY WAS DESTROYED— MASSACRED— BY VICIOUS RACISTS.”
“This is our determination to honor their legacy, but at the same time pick up the economic baton and engage in building Black wealth, Black business wealth and Black communities.”
Source: Black Enterprise