Black History Month takes place in February. This is a time where we recognize the important people and events that happened within the history of African Americans. President of the Southern Nazarene University’s Black Student Society, Dajia Shardia says “I am grateful to celebrate Black History Month, however, I don’t feel like the celebration of our black history should be limited to one month and should be celebrated all year round.” “ To me, this month means to be proud in my black skin and to use my platform to educate and amplify black voices.”
So what is just one way you can celebrate Black History Month? By supporting black-owned businesses! There are a handful of black-owned businesses in OKC. When supporting these businesses, you are building up communities, creating jobs and opportunities, helping close the racial wealth gap, and empower local communities.
Here are some black-owned businesses in OKC:
Back To My Roots was founded in April 2013 by Lekeytha Dukes, an Oklahoma native who “reconnected with her African roots through a journey of self-discovery.” The brand is for people who want to embrace their origin, history, and culture through fashion. Located in Del City, OK, you can shop online or at their location to buy clothing, jewelry, hats, and bags!
If you are feeling like you can go for some Caribbean food, Carican Flavors offers an array of dishes to choose from at an affordable price. The restaurant is in a cafeteria-style setting allowing customers to sit and enjoy a full meal or take their food-to-go.
Enjoy some coffee, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, wraps, and even salads at OKC’s first black-owned coffee shop. The best part is, they are locally sourced! “For us, the importance of being a black-owned business is to inspire and empower the next generation of minority entrepreneurs. We take pride in presenting an amazing product and building strong lasting relationships along the way” says Tori Beechum from Culture Coffee. Located on the corner of 6th and Stonewall where you can find the side of their shop wrapped with memorable faces within the black community.
Gold Leaf Nutrition is the perfect place to pick up a pre or post-workout drink that will taste good and be nutritious! Their shakes and teas are curated to help you look and feel your best. On their website, they even have a free wellness evaluation for you to take.