For decades, the American currency has represented the immense pain & suffering inflicted upon Black bodies in order to establish the foundation of this country.
Who am I kidding? America’s dollar still rests on genocide and slavery.
While there are no easy, clear-cut answers on how to approach liberation as a marginalized person, there is no denying the disparate impacts of income and wealth on Black communities (hey, the history of the dollar rests on that, as well).
On Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury announced that abolitionist Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. This decision comes after announcements that former President Alexander Hamilton will remain on the $10 bill.
UPDATE: The new $20 bill will keep an image of Andrew Jackson on the back, with Harriet Tubman on the front of the bill, reports NPR.
Lots of people within the community are excited to hold a bill with a Black woman so strong. Some are wondering the implications of Tubman’s legacy in relation to the history of the bill. Regardless, we’ll all be seeing Tubman’s face on the green paper pretty soon.
Fun Fact: 78% of all businesses founded by women are started by women of color.
So, now that those “big face” $20 bills will be gracing your bank account, here are 20 Black-owned businesses at which you can count on spending said money:
7. Alma Closet
11. The Lip Bar
14. Abundance Bakery
17. Anita’s Gumbo
18. Café Trinidad
20. Dream Cafe
What are your thoughts on the new Harriet Tubman $20 bill? Sound off in the comments!