NEW BEDFORD — The announcement of the second annual Juneteenth vendor market hosted by Buy Black NB is a cause for celebration for community members of the African diaspora.

We’re hosting a space that welcomes and uplifts local, talented creatives and part of our mission is to circulate money in the community. We do this by empowering ownership, collaboration and community building.

Buy Black NB is a free community platform established in 2020. As part of its dedication to discovering, highlighting and promoting Black-owned businesses in the South Coast of Massachusetts, Buy Black NB hosts year-round events with a hand-selected, diverse group of local vendors offering you an opportunity to find your next favorite product.

If you go

  • What: Buy Black NB
  • When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, June 19
  • Where: Rotch-Jones-Duff House, 396 County St., New Bedford

Anti-Black racism has prevented Black economic progress for years. Blackness is seen as a struggle and Black culture carries a negativity with it in society. By creating these spaces of joy within our community we challenge negative perceptions about Blackness. The fact that our programming celebrates Blackness and cultural heritage creates a sense of belonging through a network of Black business leaders.

This free, public event will have something for the entire family.  All are invited to shop a curated selection of local Black-owned businesses while enjoying community-building on Black Independence Day. There will be children’s activities, live music, raffle prizes and, for dads, a Father’s Day massage.

This project received a Wicked Cool Places grant, facilitated by New Bedford Creative at the NBEDC, and funded by the city of New Bedford’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund, with additional support from Bristol County Savings Bank, Barr Foundation, Mass Cultural Council and MassDevelopment’s TDI Creative Cities Initiative.

More information about Buy Black NB, including a comprehensive directory of local Black-owned businesses, can be found at BuyBlackNB.com, your go-to resource for supporting Black-owned businesses in the South Coast.

Justina Perry is founder and director of Buy Black NB.

Thank you to our sponsors

Founding benefactors:
Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Mary and Jim Ottaway