February Leslie’s Lane: Black History Month Brings Renewed Opportunities to Support African American-Owned Businesses and Live “The Dream”!

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Greetings Beautiful Family and Friends!

How are you?  I trust that you are doing well!  In February, we reflect upon and commemorate the exceptional contributions made by people of African descent with Black History Month.  It brings tears to my eyes to think of my ancestors enduring more than two hundred years of slavery.  They were not allowed to learn to read or write and endured horrible atrocities. Yet, they soldiered on.  Whenever life becomes difficult for me, I am reminded of them.  I square my shoulders, hold my head up high and keep it moving.

During this time in particular, I am reminded of the foot soldiers in the Civil Rights Movement.  Many of them gave the last full measure of devotion so that African Americans might have the right to vote and other basic human rights.  We often speak of this generation in terms of not taking advantage of opportunities that are now afforded to Black people.  In this month’s Leslie’s Lane, I want to focus on people, organizations and businesses that are making a conscious effort to enrich the lives of their families, communities and African American people in the United States and around the world.  They are “The Dream”. They are “LIVING The Dream”.  They are carrying “The Torch of Justice and Equality” to ensure “The Dream” does not fade.

Special thanks to my awesome editor, Steven Psyllos, for allowing me to write an entire #BUYBLACK holiday series for ESSENCE.com.  Not only should we support Black owned businesses around Christmastime, we should do so year round.  If we haven’t already, Black History Month is a perfect time to start!   I would like to share these links with you!  You will find the businesses to have great products with competitive prices!  Also, experts share how to best market your business if you are an African American business owner.  Feel free to share them with your family, friends and associates.  At the end of this post, I share info on a beautiful place called Sapelo Island.  Additionally, on a light note, I share a few of my favorite black-owned soul food spots.

Finally, I want to share this.  You and I are making History every day!  You matter!  Your voice matters!  Your thoughts Matter!  You can make a difference in the life of others!  You can follow your dreams regardless of your age.  You can rise above adversity regardless of your circumstance.  Our forefathers and foremothers are pristine examples of that.   And when you get tired and fatigued, please remember the words from Galatians 6:9, “And let us know be weary in well doing: for in due season, we shall reap if we faint not”.

Thanks so much and have a great and impactful Black History Month!

Leslie

Seven Articles from the #BUYBLACK Holiday Series for ESSENCE.com

  1. 89 Black Businesses to Shop for All You Need!

http://photos.essence.com/galleries/buyblack-essence-list-89-black-owned-businesses-shop-holidays

  1. Important Reasons to Support African American Women-Owned Businesses

http://www.essence.com/2015/11/15/it%E2%80%99s-sister-thing-importance-shopping-black-womens-businesses-season

  1. Are You a Business Owner? Here’s How to Reach Your Target Audience on Social Media!

http://www.essence.com/2015/11/24/cyber-sister-using-social-media-reach-your-niche-audience-holidays

  1. How to Support Black Businesses for the Whole Year!

http://www.essence.com/2015/12/03/shop-purpose-how-one-woman-managed-buyblack-year

  1. Try Looking for Unique Black Women-Owned Venues for Your Parties and Galas

http://www.essence.com/2015/12/17/5-unique-black-women-owned-venues-your-last-minute-holiday-soiree

  1. African American Search Engines for Supporting Black Businesses

http://www.essence.com/2015/12/08/buy-black-sites-best-search-engines-finding-black-women-owned-businesses-holidays

  1. The Presidents of The Divine Nine Sororities Share the Importance of Supporting Sister-Owned Businesses

For more than a century, the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. have had a rich history of empowering women and girls, inspiring others to action and addressing the evolving quandary of civil and human rights issues.  In short, individually or collectively, the four African American sororities of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, commonly known as “The Divine Nine”, are a formidable force.  The sororities have dedicated members in every facet of society such as business, politics, military, medicine, education, entertainment and religion.  Because of their positive, progressive and yes, powerful influence, when these women speak, we listen.  As a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., it was indeed an honor to feature the beautiful presidents of each sorority in my article.  Check out what they have to say about the importance of supporting African American women-owned businesses during the holiday season and beyond.  – http://www.essence.com/2016/01/15/sorority-power

Leslie E. Royal is an International Freelance Journalist and Creator of Leslie’s Lane Blog.  The blog focuses on jobs, discounts, FREE stuff and other great resources.  Please follow her on Twitter and Instagram @LesliesLane.  Please “Like” her Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/LesliesLaneFREEStuff/.

SIDEBAR NOTE

Learn About Black History and Culture on a Tour or Trip to Sapelo Island, Georgia

Please take a look at a travel article that I wrote on the Sapelo Island Birdhouse Cottages on historic Sapelo Island, Georgia.  Residents of the island are direct descendants of slaves who worked the land. If you would like to visit the beautiful island, you will learn a great deal about Black History.  Special thanks to Annita Stokes Thomas of Travel Bags with Annita, Doc Bill, Ms. Cornelia and Ms. Francine for your kindness and generosity.  I appreciate your taking the time to share the rich culture and history of the island to me during a recent tour.

https://leslieslane.wordpress.com/2016/02/07/leslies-leisure-treat-yourself-to-a-valentines-day-private-getaway-at-the-sapelo-island-birdhouses/

http://www.sapeloislandbirdhouses.com/who-is-sapelo.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sapelo_Island

In Honor of Black History Month…..

I Want to Send a Shoutout to My Favorite Black-Owned Soul Food Restaurants in Atlanta!

Just a little Leslie’s Lane Black History Month posting footnote.  According to African American Registry, slaves were given the leftovers and least desired foods.  Our ancestors created delicious meals as a result.  The ethnic fare would come to be known as “Soul Food”.  Check out a brief history! http://www.aaregistry.org/historic_events/view/soul-food-brief-history

Kings Southern Delighthttp://www.kingssouthernd.com/

This is It BBQ and Seafoodhttp://www.thisisitbbq.com/

Robert’s Soul Foodhttps://foursquare.com/v/roberts-soul-food-family-restaurant/4bf718e95efe2d7fc1666834

 

 

 

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About Leslie's Lane

Leslie E. Royal is an international freelance writer, global travel journalist, product review expert and social media influencer. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Upscale, Upscalemagazine.com, ESSENCE, ESSENCE.com, Black Enterprise, BlackEnterprise.com, FORTUNE.com and The Wall Street Journal. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books. Follow her on social media at @LesliesLane.
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