Our Black Year

Our Black Year

One Family's Quest to Buy Black in America's Racially Divided Economy

Book - 2012
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On January 1, 2009, Maggie and John Anderson, a successful African American couple raising two daughters in a Chicago suburb, engaged in a social experiment to reinvest in the Black community and buy from only Black-owned businesses for a year. Throughout that time the Andersons combed Chicago in search of a Black-owned supermarket, dry cleaner, gas station, pharmacy, and clothing store. Our Black Year is the story of what they learned. Maggie examines the commercial exploitation of Black neighborhoods through the lens of her year supporting Black-owned businesses. She discovers that Black businesses lag behind businesses of all other racial and ethnic groups in every measure of success, and argues that the social crises that disproportionately impact Black people and underserved Black neighborhoods could be countered through "conscious consumerism"--supporting businesses that empower struggling communities. At once a personal journey and an investigation into the causes of a persistent economic suffering, this is a hard-hitting call to action to close a gaping hole in the American economy--one purchase at a time.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781610390255
1610390253
9781610390248
1610390245
Branch Call Number: 330.973 ANDERSO
Characteristics: xx, 298 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gregory, Ted

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OhTai Nov 28, 2015

As soon as I finished reading this book I began to search for Black owned businesses in Cleveland. This was a very eye-opening read. I will definitely purchase this book and add it to my personal collection.

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