As Black History Month draws to a close, East Bay EDA would like to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Black Americans throughout our nation’s history not just in February, but year-round. We take pride in the legacy of Black activism and civil rights that has made the East Bay known for its spirit of political demonstration, advocacy, and unity. It is this very spirit that has shaped our region into a diverse cultural enclave and an unrivaled place to live, work, and do business. We encourage you to celebrate by supporting Black-owned businesses right here in the East Bay every day of the year!
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black, Indigenous and communities of color, exposing and widening systemic inequities over the past year. These issues were underscored further in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, leading to demonstrations and activism that we hope will portend deeper and more enduring changes in our nation.
Now, more than ever, communities are engaging in meaningful dialogue about our nation’s history and the systems of oppression which underpin it. These conversations are not only happening at home, but also in the workplace as businesses across the country earnestly think about more substantive ways to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion. East Bay EDA is committed to centering equity in our work and understand that we have a lot of learning and growing to do in order to get there. We are embracing a spirit of openness to growth and change as we work with all of you to build an even stronger and more equitable East Bay.
Here is a sampling of East Bay organizations supporting our Black business community:
- Black Cultural Zone – Community development organization comprising residents, government agencies, churches, and grassroots organizing and community groups supporting the East Oakland neighborhood
- Oakland African American Chamber of Commerce – Business support organization advancing economic opportunity and strengthening Oakland’s Black business community
- Uptima Entrepreneur Cooperative – Provides holistic and culturally relevant education and business advising programs to support entrepreneurs of color
- San Leandro African American Council – Business support organization serving Black-owned businesses in the City of San Leandro