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Launch in tandem with Oriadha’s new legislation creating Black Start-Up Fund to support Black businesses
Council Member Krystal Oriadha has launched her annual #EverythingBlack campaign this Black History Month to focus on highlighting local Black business owners, artists, authors, entrepreneurs and other influencers.
Her interactive “Green Book” pays homage to Victor Green’s publication of the same name, and will serve as a guide to help people eat, shop, read and listen in support of the local Black community. The launch includes new legislation that will create a Black Start-Up Fund to provide capital to allow Black-owned businesses to expand or get off the ground. The bill, which is part of the Council Member’s goal to help African Americans create generational wealth, will be presented this Tuesday February 6, at the Council Meeting starting at 11 a.m.
“This Green Book is about giving back the power to African Americans to share our story of Black mobility in a way that doesn’t only focus on our struggle,” said Council Member Oriadha. “It’s important to share our stories and history in uplifting ways, while highlighting the impact we have on American history, entertainment and the economy. I hope to shed light on the jewels in our own backyard, while inspiring other like-minded creatives and entrepreneurs to create their own history.”
The Green Book dates back to the Jim Crow era. The travel disparities faced by African Americans were life-threatening, and with its publication, the Green Book helped African Americans navigate the segregated South while providing a comprehensive list of Black-owned or non-discriminatory lodging, gas stations, restaurants and more.
The link to the interactive Green Book will be posted on the Council Member’s social media accounts and Prince George’s County Council webpage. Council Member Oriadha will also be hosting her “Black on the Block” Black History Month Celebration on February 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 4217 Silver Hill Road in Suitland, MD.
Link to Greenbook: bit.ly/KOGreenBook