Urban League urges shoppers to patronize Black-owned businesses on Black Friday

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The Chicago Urban League is promoting the idea of patronizing Black-owned business on Black Friday.

The day after Thanksgiving is often called Black Friday, and an occasion for big sales. This year, the city of Chicago, the Chicago Urban League and a local advertising agency have christened it "Black Shop Friday”— a campaign that encourages people to buy from African-American businesses.

“We believe that this campaign will really provide a global education to folks in the Black community to people in the larger community,” Chicago Urban League President Karen Freeman-Wilson tells WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

Starting Tuesday Nov. 24, the website BlackShopFriday.com will have information about more than 500 black-owned business eager for new customers.

Freeman-Wilson says this can help some businesses survive in a year when COVID-19 has affected so much.

She’s the guest on this week’s “At Issue” program, which will air 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m. Sunday.