Black History Month Recap

In celebration of Black History Month, PREIT properties partnered with local businesses and organizations to host vendor showcases and community events – plus promoted our Black-owned businesses on social media.

Woodland Mall hosted two events in one to celebrate Black History Month! The property partnered with the City of Kentwood to host their second annual Unity Walk to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. After the walk community members were invited to stay for remarks from Kentwood Mayor Stephen Kepley, a proclamation presented by various community members, live music, and refreshments.

Later that day, New Hope Baptist Church presented its African American Live Museum, with over 25 live performances featuring notable African American historical and current figures.  There were figures from politics, sports, science, arts, and entertainment – among the legends depicted were Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson.

In February, Willow Grove Park hosted two pop-up shops with Buy Local, Buy Black, showcasing small Black-owned businesses. Shoppers browsed beauty products, clothing, food, and more. In case you missed the February pop-ups, Buy Local, Buy Black will be back at the mall twice each month through the rest of the year!

Working with Colorful Desires, Cherry Hill Mall hosted a Black-Owned Business Showcase with 20 local vendors. There were unique products including collectibles, spices, apparel, and more on display for our shoppers to buy, browse and connect with the small businesses.

Black-Owned Businesses at the Properties

We’re thankful to the Black-owned businesses at our properties for their contributions to enhancing the shopping experience through diverse offerings and the inspiration they provide our communities. We’re committed to promoting these tenants all year through our Black-Owned Business 365 initiative. Check out your local mall’s event page to see all the Black-owned businesses at each property.

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