TULSA, Okla — When you hear the word blackout, you think of losing power.
The concept of Blackout Day 2020 is not about losing electrical power, but rather businesses losing financial support from the Black community unless those businesses are black-owned.
It's a call to action that started two months ago and has since gone viral.
With calls for social justice being heard, supporters of Blackout 2020, like Stacie Beckert, said it's more than not spending money. It's about what's right.
“It’s a simple thing to start encouraging each other to stand up," Beckert said.
The co-owner of Mack's Wings, Kimberly Manning, said she and her husband opened their restaurant to fill an economic need in North Tulsa.
“We’ve all heard statistics about how many times the dollar turns over in specific communities," Manning said. "In the black community, it’s not that many times.”
Manning said black businesses should be supported long after the 24 hours of Blackout Day passes.
Blackout Day is a one day event, however, you can support black owned business at any time.
Several options to find black owned businesses are listed below:
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