HAMMOND—Across the nation, the murder of George Floyd inspired leaders to do something different to support and build Black communities. In Hammond, his death sparked the start of the Urban Market Experience which encourages Hammond area residents to support Black businesses, said executive director Brandi Jones.
With the temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, it was a hot summer day when the UMX held their second annual business expo in downtown Hammond on May 15. Tents lined Railroad Avenue where business owners displayed and sold their products.
Crystal Stanley, (at right) owner of Stanley Snowballs, prepares a sweet, fruit snowball for Darrin Thomas of Baton Rouge. More than two hundred people participated, Jones said. Organizers plan to host the event monthly following the pandemic.