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Black Lives Matter activists organize 'Black Out Day' to boycott businesses not owned by blacks

They want to show the economic strength of black shoppers

Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Black Lives Matter activists advocated for a "Black Out Day" to show the economic power of blacks by refusing to spend at businesses that aren't owned by blacks.

The economic activist boycott was held on July 7. Supporters posted about "Black Out Day" on social media and posted flyers to spread the word.

Others used social media to publicize their black-owned businesses.

A statement from the website for the movement said that organizers want blacks to continue the boycott beyond one day and possibly into a years long statement.

"This movement is an awakening of the national consciousness of black people in America and abroad. We need economic solidarity in America amongst all black people unequivocally," the statement read.

"In order to break free from the chains of financial servility, we will organize days, weeks, months, and years if necessary when not one black person in America will spend a dollar outside of our community," it concluded.

One company, Vans shoes, showed their support for the day by telling visitors to their website to spend money at a black-owned business before buying their shoes.

Here's more about "Black Out Day":

Blackout Day looks to tap the rising power of the Black consumer www.youtube.com

This story has been updated.

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