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Posted on: June 9, 2022

[ARCHIVED] COUNTY COUNCIL ADOPTS LEGISLATION RECOGNIZING BLACK RESTAURANT WEEK IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY

Black Restaurant Week June 19th – 25th to Coincide with Juneteenth Holiday

The Prince George’s County Council, during session on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, unanimously adopted CR-077-2022, legislation recognizing the Sunday through Saturday period that includes the County’s Juneteenth celebration, as Prince George’s County Black Restaurant Week.

Offered as an opportunity to leverage the economic power of all communities, of all races and backgrounds, to support African American owned restaurants, Black Restaurant Week will begin on Sunday, June 19th, running until Saturday, June 25, 2022. 

Prince George’s County Council Chair Calvin S. Hawkins, II, says Black Restaurant week is a wonderful opportunity to support Black-owned culinary businesses in Prince George’s County, following a very challenging time.

“The County’s restaurant industry is beginning to show some signs of recovery following two very difficult years, and it is important to keep the momentum going so they are able to thrive post-pandemic.  Black Restaurant Week, beginning with the commemoration of Juneteenth, is a great time to support a Black-owned culinary businesses and bolster our local economy.”

 Council Member At-Large Mel Franklin, sponsor of the legislation, encourages residents to support at least one Black-owned restaurant during Prince George’s County Black Restaurant Week.  

“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit Black-owned restaurants in Prince George's County particularly hard. These businesses serve as cornerstones for our local economy and hire a substantial number of residents while recirculating their dollars in our County. In short, when they thrive, we thrive. It is most fitting that the week of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in America, would coincide with Prince George's County Black Restaurant Week. Economic empowerment through collective action is critical to uplifting our communities and creating more equity and opportunity in our County.”

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