A Power to the People rally Saturday, Sept. 5, will gather Black-owned businesses and Black artists for a masked, socially-distanced get-together in Dorchester.
The event was originally slated for Saturday, Aug. 29, but was pushed back a week due to rain.
The day’s schedule includes speeches and performances from musician MirandaRae, Fields Corner resident Joel Richards, poets Amanda Shea and SublimeLuv, and more. Also on the docket: a live art installation focused on replacing Black celebrities with Black revolutionaries and a line of food options, including Soleil Restaurant and Mariana’s Kongolese and Angolan Food.
Rally co-creator Lance Jackson said the event is “free range — almost like a farmers’ market, but with performances.”
Hosted by four organizations, including the Dorchester Art Project and Boston Compass, the event aims to shine a light on the importance of supporting Black-owned businesses within the neighborhood.
“I wanted to create a way to showcase group economics in the Black community,” Jackson said in a phone interview. “I’ve learned that every dollar only stays in our community for only six hours. So I thought, ‘Let’s create this bubble where it’s all Black vendors.’ That’s how people can see how to circulate — and not just spend — their money at these local businesses.”
Jackson and his co-collaborators also plan to distribute a pamphlet featuring Dorchester spots to support. The pamphlet is part of a new campaign to buy exclusively from Black-owned businesses every Sunday.
Slated to be held at Town Field Park from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., the rally is free; donations can be made at https://linktr.ee/p2p, and proceeds will support the artists and participating groups.
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