Welcome to the EU Report for the week of June 5 - June 12. This is a pivotal time in America with protests continuing and the demand for police reform, social justice and a major expansion of economic opportunity at a peak.
Companies across the nation are pledging millions of dollars in support to various Black businesses and vital causes, while those who openly espouse racism and hatred are being toppled from jobs and supervisory positions on a daily basis.
No one should be fooled into thinking any of this means the end of systemic racism has arrived. It took centuries for things to get in their current condition, and while any positive changes and events are welcome, there's still a long, hard road ahead before this nation truly becomes in reality what it claims to be on paper.
Towards that end, Everything Underground continues to update and inform about both important things happening in business, commerce and the economy regarding Black operations and outlets, as well as the ongoing battle against social inequity and economic disparity.
The time is ideal for anyone who hasn't joined our national network of organizations and individuals to do so, and take advantage of the array of resources and knowledge at our disposal.
We also urge you to regularly visit our Facebook page and blog for all the latest news and information. For membership details and updates on upcoming events visit www.everythingunderground.com.
Here are our top five stories this week:
1. A Nashville senior wins $20,000 on the Ellen Show.
2. Lowe's allocates $25 million to aid Black businesses.
3. Eight teen girls in Nashville organize a protest march that attracts more than 10,000 participants.
4. A list of Black-owned alternative locations to Starbucks.
5. A surge in interest and profits for Black owned businesses.