Nicola Williams and Cambridge Local First Talk Black Lives & Small Business

By Scout Somerville, posted June 4. Read the original article here.

Join Nicola Williams of the Williams Agency and Cambridge Local First on Thursday, June 4 at 4:30 p.m. for a Community Conversation about “how the small business community can both listen and lead” in the movement for black lives. 

Williams, a former City Council candidate and long time event organanizer, brings two and half decades of marketing experience and a deep understanding of our community’s dynamics. 

We at Scout have spent a lot of time listening this week. Listening, reading and watching our African American friends, family and leaders explain a lot of things that America needs to hear right now. As a publication, we’re still processing our response, hoping to contribute more than platitudes. We always strive for fair representation but the times call for more.

As a business, we’re trying to convey our implicit anti-racist values in an explicit and constructive way, without recentering the conversation or distracting from the mission of the movement. It’s a situation that many small businesses are struggling with, even in progressive enclaves like ours.

Be sure to check out Cambridge Local First’s great map of local black-owned businesses.

You can view the meeting notes from the June 4th and June 12th session here.

Cambridge Local First