On June 19th we celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the United States. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it was nearly two and a half years later when enslaved Africans in the Galveston, Texas were declared free.
In moving towards achieving social and racial justice for Black lives, investing into organizations founded and led by Black people, that are also on the front lines doing the community work, is one strategy to ensure lasting and sustainable impacts in the lives and well-being of Black people.
If you are shopping today, foremost, consider supporting Black-owned brands. Also, consider these brands that are donating 100% of profits today, or throughout June, to Black-led organizations working to achieve racial justice.
Other Wild offers a collection of goods and products created by artists, jewelers, designers, and herbalists amongst others. The curation of products offered through their retail store are selected with special consideration for sustainability and being made with care. Juneteenth sells will be split between the organizations listed below. The impact of the organizations range from improving black maternal health and addressing maternal health disparities (Black Mamas Matter Alliance) to providing meals and resources to Black Trans People (The Okra Project).
ASAI (Actively Standing Against Injustice)
Asai is selling the iconic Rihanna dress pictured below by personal order through firstname.lastname@example.org. All profits from the sales will be donated to Black Lives Matter and other organizations. I could not access their website, so visiting their Instagram page, @asaitakeaway, is the best place for updates.
Peter Do is donating 100% of net profits from online sales during the month of June to black founded organizations and frontline charities who fight for black equality and racial justice. The organizations receiving donations include Color of Change, The Black Youth Project 100, and Black Visions Collective.
Lady White Co. is donating 100% of sales from the LWC x ROF sneaker (pictured above) to Minneapolis based, Reclaim the Block. Reclaim the Block is an organization that focuses on redirecting funds allocated to police to community led safety initiatives.
Make an economic impact by directly supporting Black-owned fashion brands and Black designers as well. The list below includes Black designers and brands that I have featured over the years on Style in Full Bloom:
Rochelle Porter Design
I hope you take some time today to celebrate and reflect on this important day in history. I also hope you consider ways in which you can contribute to achieving racial justice.