When a family from Oak Park sets out to make purchases from only Black-owned businesses for an entire year they learn just how far behind black business are compared to other racial and ethnic groups. In Our Black Year: One Family’s Quest to Buy Black in America’s Racially Divided Economy, Maggie Anderson’s family discovers how hard it is to find successful Black entrepreneurs, even in Black neighborhoods. In the process of finding Black-owned grocery stores, dry cleaners, pharmacies, and more, Anderson delves into the obstacles preventing Black businesses from thriving and investigates ways to overcome them. Many Chicago-area neighborhoods and businessmen are mentioned, so it’s not only an interesting story, but one with a local connection.
Our Black Year and the books shown below can all be found on the NEW BOOKS DISPLAY at the Prairie State College Library.