Support Black-Owned Businesses in Seattle
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Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and we solemnly remember and honor the legacy of Dr. King in the American civil rights movement. We live in the Central District, the City's historically black neighborhood. Racist housing policies and redlining meant that this was one of the few neighborhoods where black residents could live in the early 20th century. In 2020, we are at another turning point for civil rights in our communities. The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and countless others brought to the forefront the need to end the violence against people of color by the police and the systems of racial injustices in our society. At the same time, the Central District has been rapidly gentrifying, displacing historic residents and their businesses to other areas of the region. We acknowledge our own role in gentrification and the importance of supporting our neighborhood businesses and community institutions.
With the challenges of COVID and the pain of business closures still very real in Washington, it is critical to support Seattle's BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) owned businesses. We've compiled a list of ten of our favorite Black-owned businesses in Seattle - many of which are in the Central District and surrounding neighborhoods. Be sure to click the images for links to each of the business' websites. Many of these spots offer delivery, to-go, and online ordering options which are great alternatives to dining in. We are definitely going to be supporting these businesses (and the dozens of other Black-owned businesses in Seattle) today and throughout the year!
What are your favorite Black-owned businesses in the Seattle area? Have you visited any of our favorites? If not, which one of these local businesses will you be checking out first? Share you favorites in the comment section below.