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#BlackoutDay2020 strives to highlight Black-owned businesses

Posted at 10:44 AM, Jul 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-11 11:45:14-04

You may have seen the hashtag #BlackoutDay2020 on social media this week.

July 7 was Blackout Day, an initiative that calls for Black Americans to only spend their money at Black-owned businesses.

The day is meant to highlight the power that Black spending has in the U.S. economy.

The movement gained more attention after the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and others at the hands of police.

Locally, Black Lives Matter says that the day helps Black families.

"I think its pretty important especially in our community because if you look at it whichever Black business you're talking about it's one of our cousins...there's not too many Black families in Bryan College Station who aren't related to another Black family in Bryan College Station," said Tre Watson from Black Lives Matter BCS. "So if you look at it you're basically helping your cousins cousins or uncle's nephew."

People are also encouraged to donate and invest in causes important to the Black community.