Happy MLK Day! This year, the third Monday in January falls just one day after Dr. King’s actual birthday, so it feels especially celebratory. We still have a lot of work to do to build equity into our daily lives, but today’s a great reminder to look back on all of the progress we’ve made.
If you feel like celebrating today, consider buying from Black-owned businesses to make a difference. And we have some great suggestions to get you started.
Some of our fave Black-owned businesses
Since we’re in the business of deliciousness, we have some recommendations that will tickle your tastebuds.
This organic tea company offers both canned cold-brew and loose-leaf tea. Plus, we’re a huge fan of founder Quentin Vennie and his openness about his mental health journey. If you missed it, you can catch our conversation with him on our Soberpreneur podcast.
Red Bay Coffee
If you prefer coffee to tea, we’ve got you. Red Bay Coffee serves up coffee that’s sustainable and delicious. Founded by Keba Konte, Red Bay sources its coffee directly from the countries in which its grown, allowing the company to support local growers.
Denise Woodard founded Partake as she navigated her daughter’s food allergies. Today, Partake offers baking and breakfast mixes and cookies that are free from common allergens like peanuts and tree nuts, gluten, eggs, soy, and dairy. The company also works to fight food insecurity and support students at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
We’ve spotlit some businesses that you can support anywhere you live. But don’t forget to look around your neighborhood. Your local Black-owned business might not be in a position to ship nationally or maintain a sophisticated website, especially after the pandemic, which disproportionately affected Black-owned companies.
So look around. Ask your community about their favorite Black-owned businesses. You might even discover a new favorite shop this way!
There are a lot of great ways to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day, like getting involved in acts of service. But if you have a few extra bucks and are in a position to do so, buying from Black-owned businesses gives you a tangible way to make a direct impact.
We hope you enjoy the holiday today! Heck, you might even want to add a few Doughp Drops to your Partake pancake mix to make the day feel extra festive!