Every year, the month of February is appropriated by white America as "Yay! Black month!" That is until they push us back to the side after 28 days. Most of America - including our community - doesn't realize that we have a whole other month to stunt on 'em.
Black-owned businesses account for 2.3% of all companies in America. That may not seem like a lot on the surface of things. Still, when oppressive laws, the racial wealth divide, and implicit bias are considered, our businesses generating $206 billion in revenue is something to celebrate. This is why we do just that in August.
August isn't just hot; it's also National Black Business Month.
Created in 2004 by entrepreneurs Frederick E. Jordan and John William Templeton, National Black Business Month exists to promote, uplift, and support Black-owned businesses. The two understood that this nation's economic growth depended on black businesses' support and sought to ensure everyone else knew it.
While we should always support other Black businesses when able, there is an entire month dedicated to uplifting and promoting Black businesses. The oppressors may try, but they can't dim our shine, and now, we got two months on them. Just remember our Blackness is cause for celebration year round!