Oak Park resident Maggie Anderson, who along with her husband, John, shopped Black-owned businesses for a year and penned a book called “Our Black Year” detailing the family’s struggle to find basic necessities to keep a household running just by shopping at Black-owned retailers and stores. Their experiment drew headlines as well as criticism – some labeling the family as racist for shopping Black. But for Anderson the goal was to spark a debate about self-help economics and Black conscious consumerism that harkens back to Marcus Garvey.
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