For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., racial justice and economic justice went hand in hand. We believe that Black History Month 2023 is a time for reflection, celebration, and action.
We worked with Seattle-based artist Damon Brown to create Intentionalist’s Black History Month art and asked him to take inspiration from the theme of economic justice.
“This art piece represents the dichotomy between big businesses and small, diverse businesses. The background is dominated by monochromatic, imposing structures symbolizing big business, while the foreground is filled with vibrant and colorful shapes, representing the diverse small businesses in our communities. This piece reminds us of our choices’ power in supporting local and diverse economies. By supporting small businesses with our spending, we can aid in their economic recovery and contribute to the sustainability of our communities.”
Black-owned small businesses are community hubs where people come together and lift up one another, whether to celebrate, organize, or simply connect in a safe and inclusive space.
We’ve teamed up with Seattle Storm, Seattle Sounders FC, OL Reign, Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, and Seattle Kraken to encourage fans and friends to explore and #SpendLikeItMatters in support of the Black-owned small businesses at the heart of our communities.
Upload your receipts when you #SpendLikeItMatters at small Black-owned businesses, and you’ll get a chance to win prizes from some of your favorite Seattle sports teams. Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle Storm, Seattle Seahawks, OL Reign, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Kraken, and Intentionalist want to encourage the community to buy from local Black-owned small businesses throughout Black History Month and beyond.
This year, our goal is to collectively spend $30,000 — help us reach our goal by uploading your receipts today!
Our Black History Month Marketplace includes a variety of items from 40+ Black-owned small businesses. Explore gift certificates, self-care services, and more, and check back often, as new items are being added every day!
Thanks to our community partners, from February 18-28, enjoy a 20% discount on items in our Black History Month Marketplace. Use coupon code BHM2023 for a 20% discount.
We’re also celebrating Black History Month with BECU. Learn more about the Equity in Action small business tabs and how BECU members can enjoy free eats and treats from Black-owned small businesses.