Buy Black Empowerment Movement sees progress in Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY — The African-American community is being urged not to do any shopping Monday unless it’s with a black-owned business. It’s part of “Blackout Monday,” a movement organized by the National Black United Front in response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo.

Workers at Leon’s Thriftway tell FOX 4 News they often see customers who make a special trip to buy their groceries at this store, specifically because it’s the only African-American owned grocery around.

More customers are doing their shopping at Leon’s as part of the Buy Black Empowerment Initiative. Organizers say African-Americans have more than $1 trillion in spending power nationwide. They say by sitting on their money today, the African-American community hopes to send a message and honor all murdered black men, women and children.

“The importance is we have spending power, which means we have the power to make change,” said Taty…

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