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Black Businesses Matter, Too: BLM Introduces Website to Connect Black Consumers with Nearby Enterprises – Atlanta Black Star In its ongoing efforts to improve Black lives nationwide, social justice organization Black Lives Matter has now made it that much easier for consumers to connect with nearby Black-owned businesses.


The organization on Monday, Dec. 19, partnered with advertising agency J. Walter Thompson New York to launch BackingBlackBusiness.com, an interactive website that allows users to locate Black-owned businesses in their communities and beyond, the Huffington Post reported.


Shoppers can search the new website’s database for businesses through categories such as food and beverage, and lifestyle and entertainment to find exactly what they’re looking for. Black entrepreneurs also are able to add their businesses to the database as a way to connect with consumers.

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Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people. BLM regularly organizes protests around the deaths of black people in killings by law enforcement officers, and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.

In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter became nationally recognized for its street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans: Michael Brown, resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, and Eric Garner in New York City.

Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions or while in police custody, including those of Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, Jonathan Ferrell, Sandra Bland, Samuel DuBose and Freddie Gray. In the Summer of 2015, Black Lives Matter began to publicly challenge politicians—including politicians in the 2016 United States presidential election—to state their positions on BLM issues. The overall Black Lives Matter movement, however, is a decentralized network and has no formal hierarchy or structure. (Wikipedia)