After weeks of global protesting police brutality following the death of George Floyd in the custody of the Minneapolis Police, including a peaceful March in downtown Moulton, one Lawrence County resident wants to spread positivity and awareness for black and minority businesses within the community.
Kira Pride, who is also a member of the Lawrence County Chapter of the NAACP, is hosting a non-profit event showcasing small, local minority-owned businesses and providing an opportunity for citizens to register to vote.
The “Black Excellence” non-profit event is happening at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Courtland this Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Pride announced this week.
“While there are so many protesting, I felt compelled to do my part. Protesting may not be my part, but I can spread knowledge and positivity,” she said. “While we are coming together in unity, this event invites people of all races and backgrounds to come together, because I think we are living in times that are trying and upsetting for everyone.”
The non-profit event will feature merchandising vendors, including vendors selling clothing and apparel, beauty products and similar merchandise, food trucks, live entertainment, and voter registration and 2020 Census booth.
Pride said vendors weren’t charged to register for the event, and participating vendors will keep 100 percent of the profits earned that day.
“The entire event is wrapped around getting people registered to vote. We don’t want anything, we just want everyone to come together for a good time, and while we’re having a good time, get people registered to vote,” Pride added. “The only way we’re going to see real change is if we encourage everyone to register to vote and get to the polling places when the time comes.”
NAACP Chapter President Jan Turnbore said the organization will have a voter registration booth set up during the event to help assist young and unregistered voters.
“We’ve had a problem, I’d say within the last five years with the 18 to 25-year-olds. Some of them will vote in this election or they won’t vote in that election. We’re trying to reengage them in the voting process,” Turnbore said.
He said the NAACP Chapter will hand out literature at the function expressing the importance of voting and the Chapter also intends to engage attendants in filling out the 2020 Census questionnaire if they haven’t already.
While the function is held outdoors, Pride said attendants are highly encouraged to wear masks, protective gloves and practice safe social distancing.
“We ask that everyone who comes to wear masks. Social distancing is a requirement,” she said. “We have a few masks we can provide, but because products are in low supply, we don’t have many.”
Though some vendors may allow electronic forms of payment for purchases, Pride said all vendors will accept cash.
The event is free to attend and open to the public. The First Missionary Baptist Church is located at 3064 Jefferson Street in Courtland.