JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The summer heat didn’t deter hundreds of people from attending the sixth annual Melanin Market Saturday afternoon near downtown Jacksonville.
Event organizers made sure to keep attendees cool by partnering with JTA to provide three cooling buses.
The event included food trucks, clothing, crafts and lots of fun for everyone.
There were about 250 vendors covering five blocks of A. Phillip Randolph. Previous vendors have come back to support the market because of how it has helped grow their business.
Jennifer Goodwin, artist with her grandmother’s touch and owner of Open Heart Arts and Crafts LLC.
“If I had never sat with my grandmother at the table and painted or if I had never asked ‘hey, grandmother, can you show me how to sew’, I would not be here” , Goodwin said.
Jeff Eugene launched Wick Capz with specific intentions.
“We started the company because we want to subvert the stereotypical narrative that is surrounded by people who have these types of hairstyles when it comes to afros and locs and things of that nature,” Eugene said. “If we can help elevate our culture the same way we help promote other products, we will be able to sustain and last longer.”
One of the sellers of June 19 events is the Melanin Market, and attendees said they were looking forward to it.
Attendees told News4JAX that it’s refreshing to see this type of event held in the community, as it’s an opportunity to reconnect and showcase what black businesses have to offer.
Florida Representative Angie Nixon, organizer of the Melanin Market, said the Melanin Market should serve as a reminder of what African Americans bring to this city and this country.
“We just want to amplify and elevate black excellence and let everyone know that black people are resilient people. We helped found and build this country, and we have a lot to offer,” Nixon said.
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