Billed as a “Blacktackular Weekend” and “Root & Rebuild,” Eastside Jacksonville neighborhood leaders and the United Approach of Northeast Florida partnered for a two-day occasion advocating for race fairness.
The fifth annual Melanin Market started Saturday within the 800 block of A. Philip Randolph Blvd. with a parade and concentrate on Black-owned companies, arts and tradition. The avenue truthful was based in 2017 by Daybreak Curling and state Rep. Angie Nixon and likewise connects residents to assets and providers.
The festivities continued Sunday with the inaugural “Black-nificent Culinary Arts Pageant” on the identical location. About 50 Black and minority-owned eating places showcased their delicacies, giving festival-goers a possibility to style entrees, aspect dishes and desserts created by native cooks, eating places and caterers. The aim was to advertise Black-owned eateries whereas additionally stimulating the native economic system.
Crowds within the coronary heart of the town’s historic Eastside took benefit of two sunny end-of-winter days in Florida to elevate, have interaction and assist the neighborhood, native artists and different Black-owned small companies.