How to Support the Black Community in Miami Right Now
From nonprofits and community organizations to restaurants and bookstores
Tony Lesesne was absolutely incredulous when he heard the news of the attack on the US Capitol in early January. He was testing a car fiddling with the radio and came across an ESPN newscaster covering the events. Hearing the excitement pained Lesesne, who considered himself a patriot and served as a devastating reminder of the dark past and shaky future of this country. “I was stunned, I was sad and I was hurt,” says Lesesne.
As president of the Black Owned Media Alliance – a South Florida organization dedicated to eliminating the differences between mainstream media and black media – Lesesne said the organization remained vigilant during the inauguration. Lesene urges everyone to remember the siege of the Capitol as a dark ghost that haunted this land. “We have to be patient and focus on our business and our community,” he says.
From places to donate and resources to become a better ally to stores to use your money to support local businesses, here are some ways you can make a difference in Miami’s Black Community can do.
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Donate to nonprofits and nonprofits
South Florida-based social justice organizations work tirelessly to help protesters and fight racial injustice and police brutality at both local and national levels. Fempower Miami, a strange culture-changing organization, supported many of the protesters in Miami by holding one of the county’s first bailout funds during the summer protests.
Miami’s Dream Defenders branch was active long before the protests. When the COVID-19 outbreak first hit Miami, the Dream Defenders wanted to make sure the homeless were safe and had the supplies they need to protect themselves. The organization did so while calling for the detachment of inmates currently in Miami-Dade County prisons.
Much like Dream Defenders, Miami-based New Florida Majority is an organizational group focused on bringing about justice and justice for the state of Florida. The organization recently met its $ 10,000 goal in its annual #FreeBlackMamas campaign to save black mothers and caregivers. For some of Miami’s most marginalized youth, the Power U Center for Social Change empowers students to take action through social justice in their community.
Various Miami government officials have also commented on the recent protests. Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III held an interfaith press conference in which he expressed his solidarity with the protesters. Miami-Dade County Commissioner nominee Sybrina Fulton, also a mother of Trayvon Martin, has made similar comments in light of recent events.
World famous house from Mac
Order take-out and delivery and support restaurant supplies
Neighborhoods like Overtown, a once affluent black neighborhood that was stripped of their rights by the construction of Interstate 95, and Little Haiti are home to some of Miami’s most notable black-owned restaurants and shops. Despite issues like gentrification that threaten the local livelihoods of these neighborhoods, some of the proudest businesses continue to thrive.
Overtown’s House of Wings offers more than 60 different sauces and graters. For soul food lovers, Miami rapper Trick Daddy opened his Sunday’s Eatery restaurant in Miami Gardens last September, and Jackson’s Soul Food in Overtown is one of the district’s oldest and most popular restaurants. Other restaurants like Shuckin ‘and Jivin and The Licking bring southern home cooking to Miami.
Caribbean favorites Chef Creole, Piman Bouk, and Clives Cafe are home to some of the best Haitian and Jamaican dishes in Miami.
The world famous House of Mac, founded by the former Pitbull manager, offers a unique twist on the American classic with intricate flavors like jerk and lump crab macaroni and cheese. For those who stick to a plant-based diet, the Vegetarian Restaurant by Hakin offers dishes with both Caribbean and American flavors.
Shop at local black-owned businesses
While the new coronavirus outbreak has hit companies around the world, black-owned Miami-based companies are doing their best to prevail. Black Girl Sunscreen wanted to develop a sunscreen for women with melanin content to protect their skin without the white residue.
For those interested in streetwear, Suite 110 in Overtown has original graphic t-shirts and popular sneakers. The colorful Lighthouse Garden Center near Kendal’s Lakes offers a wide variety of shrubs, flowers, trees and other plants.
More ways to help?
Check out a list of the national organizations we’ve put together here. If you have thoughts about other companies that we would like to include in our local reports, please email [email protected]
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Tamica Jean-Charles is a Florida International University graduate specializing in urban communities and local government. When she’s not working, she enjoys going to local concerts and getting the best Haitian food in South Florida. You can follow her on Twitter.