Local Black-owned businesses celebrated at 'Blackout Block Party'

NOW: Local Black-owned businesses celebrated at ’Blackout Block Party’

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- People got out to celebrate local black-owned businesses Thursday, July 23, at Tiefenthaler Park.

The Blackout Black Party was organized by a few community activists to provide a positive space to celebrate local artists and crafters.

We spoke with one of those activists, who says it's important to offer an uplifting message, especially during these charged times.

"It's important for us, as Black people, to uplift ourselves, take care of ourselves while we're fighting for change," says community organizer Joya Headley. "So we said 'okay, let's host a block party that's for Black people by Black people, we can take care of ourselves.'"

Some of the items for sale included Black literature and even specialty tea blends in honor of Black authors.

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