Juneteenth is a historical and celebratory day for Black Americans all over the United States. It commemorates June 19, 1865. On that day in Galveston, Texas, slaves were told of their emancipation from slavery. Even though this announcement came 2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, this is the day the black community recognizes as Freedom Day, Emancipation Day, or simply put, Independence Day.
Without Juneteenth black people, especially black women, would not be able to be the changemakers and industry leaders that they are surely becoming today. With hustle, faith, and grit, Black women are continuously stepping out and into industry roles that were previously not available to them. They are no longer asking for a seat at the table, they are creating their own table, even in predominantly white male-dominated spaces like Technology.
As the digital gap begins to ever so slowly close between men, women, and people of color, black women are making sure to take up space too. They are creating their own mobile apps and in turn becoming self-made entrepreneurs and Tech CEOs. Entrepreneurs who need the love and support of their community to continue to represent black women in the tech industry and make products and services that relate to us as a whole.
The best way we can support the emerging population of female Tech CEOs in our community is by actually buying their products. The power of the black dollar is not one to be underestimated. Black consumers account for over 1 trillion dollars in spending every year. The community can take that same buying power and turn it into economic power by allowing that dollar to circulate within our own group. The Black Star Project reports that “Blacks in America have about a $1.3 trillion gross national income. Only 2% of that money, about $26 billion, is re-circulated in the black community.” And an even smaller percentage of that goes into black-owned technology, like apps, despite a 2019 Nielsen Report stating “about one-third of African American adults use corporate information apps over-indexing the total population by 14%.” That’s a lot of apps, money, and economic power that can be put back into our community.
Black women who are making waves in the tech industry have created some amazing and useful apps for businesses and everyday life. Here are just a few that black female entrepreneurs may want to take note of and support.
Official Black Wall Street App created by Many Bowman. This app is a directory of black-owned businesses throughout the United States and 10 other countries. It helps black people to find and support other black-owned businesses that are smaller and need exposure.
Eatokra created by Janique and Anthony Edwards. This app helps you find black-owned restaurants in 35 different cities including Minneapolis, Chicago, and Philadelphia. And if you log on and don’t see a black-owned restaurant listed from your neighborhood, feel free to add it to the app. They rely on information from the people to keep up with what restaurants are available.
Bill Organizer - Manage and Track Your Bills created by Nnanna Obuba and Chidi Oparah. This app is a must-have for tracking and organizing your bills. And you can sync it on multiple devices.
IShallBe created by Shelby Tinsley is an app that will send inspirational messages and motivational quotes to your phone daily. It also comes with a goal tracker to help you stay accountable for short and long term goals.
Workday created by Frances Liddle is a secure business app that allows you to complete business transactions, personalized homepages, and fill job requisitions. You can oversee things like time-tracking, employee data, and expense management all from your phone.
This Juneteenth, we not only honor the past and how far we’ve come, but we celebrate the present and those who continue to strive and create space for the black community. There is so much black women have done and continue to do, we just have to take the time to look, learn, and support.