Do you feel a little insecure about how to show your support for your fellow Americans on Juneteenth? If so, you’re not alone.
Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. The day commemorates the arrival of Union troops to in Texas on June 19, 1865, to announce the freedom of enslaved people. Texas was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery, and the arrival of the Union army came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
Black Americans all over the country have celebrated Juneteenth as a holiday every year since, but many Americans had never heard of Juneteenth before it became a federal holiday last year. How do those of us who weren’t raised immersed in the culture of Black Americans celebrate Black freedom without being tone deaf?
As any business owner knows, nothing says, “We support you,” like a good old-fashioned business exchange. Below are just a few examples of Black-owned business in Greater Lansing.
Automotive and Landscaping
Carter & Sons Lawn Care LLC: Lawn care and landscaping.
Lansing Mobile Detail: Car wash and detail service.
WiseMan Tree Experts: Experienced and insured tree care specialists.
All of the Above Hip Hop Academy: Nonprofit music, arts and culture programming for youth.
IRCArt: Paintings, art classes and photography.
Clothing and Beauty
Buttercreme Beauty: Dessert-themed, organic, vegan-friendly skin care.
Moneyball Sportswear: Women’s and men’s sportswear, custom uniforms, kids’ tees.
Jesus and Me Clothing: Jesus-themed casual clothing and accessories.
Jo’s Unique Boutique: Dresses, hats, shoes and accessories for work, casual and special occasions.
Food, Catering and Events
Sweet Encounter Bakery: Gluten-free, nut-free and vegan baked goods.
Smoothie Queen: Fresh fruit smoothies, yogurt parfaits and smoothie bowls.
RJ’s Heavenly Delights: Ice cream, macaroons, crazy shakes, party treats and baking lessons.
Mo Wings: Sports-themed chicken and specialty food restaurant and caterer.
GoodFellas Bagel Deli: Bagel sandwiches, drinks and sides.
Everything is Cheesecake: New flavors of single-serve cheesecake daily, occasionally with drinks, food and other desserts.
Berdie’s Berries Amore: Festive cakes and party treats, specializing in deliciously decorated, cheesecake-filled and infused strawberries.
Eleven 11 Events: Upscale event design, décor and rentals.
All Things Lansing
Metro Melik 517: The brand-new store owned by 517 Magazine contributor Metro Melik offers a little bit of everything for the #LoveLansing shopper.
For more details on these and many other area Black-owned businesses — or to add your own minority-owned business — visit buyblacklansing.com.