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The Black history I carry with me: Therlande Louissaint and Marlyn Urquiza

A Beautiful Resistance celebrates Black History Month

Therlande Louissaint and Marlyn Urquiza.
Therlande Louissaint and Marlyn Urquiza.Side Presents

A Beautiful Resistance is celebrating Black History Month by amplifying local stories of change-makers and the people inspired by them.

“My name is Therlande Louissaint and this is my best friend/venture partner Marlyn Urquiza. We are first-generation children of immigrant parents from Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and El Salvador. We want to celebrate New England Black History by honoring Black Market, a staple in our community, graciously opened by Kai and Chris Grant in 2017.

They believed in our vision and gave us a roof to create Estrogenia, a safe space comprised of women of color involved in the arts, entrepreneurship, health care, and entertainment. A room full of love in the heart of Roxbury, for the people, by our people.”

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Black Market in Nubian Square is an afrocentric space for Black economic empowerment and cultural enrichment.


Jeneé Osterheldt can be reached at jenee.osterheldt@globe.com and on Twitter @sincerelyjenee.