|Boston NAACP Holding Cash Mob Saturday at "A Nubian Notion"
July 28, 2012 10 AM – 4 PM
Boston NAACP is promoting their economic development initiative by
holding their second "Cash Mob Saturday" (a variation on the Flash Mob
concept) focused on "A Nubian Notion" at 146 Dudley St in Dudley Square.
Shoppers can expect to find items such as: books, posters, novelty
gifts, sterling silver West Indian bangles, earrings, incense, oils,
CD's, publications, greeting cards, figurines, and Kwanzaa gifts. In
addition, A Nubian Notion carries convenience store groceries, and is
widely known as a popular ticket outlet for concerts and community
NAACP CONTINUES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
"Cash Mob Saturdays" aimed at supporting local businesses
Saturday, July 28, 2012 the Boston NAACP will continue its new economic
development initiative aimed at supporting local businesses in Boston's
communities of color, particularly black-owned businesses. These local
businesses are the economic engines of our community, helping to build
wealth, reduce unemployment, stabilize families and prevent youth
violence. These businesses tend to be CORI friendly and most often seek
opportunities to invest in youth and elder programs and local
non-profits. The campaign, intended to draw patrons to designated
businesses, is called "Cash Mob Saturdays."
What is a Flash Mob?
A "flash" mob is a group of people who assemble suddenly in a public
place, most often to perform an unusual and attention-grabbing act for
a brief time, then disperse. The activity is usually organized via
social media or viral emails with the intent on reaching the broadest
population possible and creating a commanding presence at the
designated site. Over the past year, organizations have been launching
"cash" mobs to support local, small businesses-using the similar theme
of driving people to a location via social media to buy goods or
Last month, the Boston NAACP appealed to the public to support the Mall
of Roxbury, (formerly the Washington Park Mall) which has been an
anchor in the Roxbury area for well over the 30 years.
This month, we are asking people to support A Nubian Notion, Inc. on Saturday, July 28th between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
A Nubian Notion Website
"The Boston NAACP is
concerned with declining revenues, unfair competition, shrinking
profits and increased costs—all jeopardizing the survival of our black
business owners, "said Michael Curry, President of the Boston NAACP.
"This campaign is just one quick way to provide economic stimulus for
businesses like A Nubian Notion, Inc."
More About A Nubian Notion
A Nubian Notion, Inc. was founded in 1962 by Malik A. Abdal-Khallaq, a
former leader and pillar of the Roxbury community. The business began
after Mr. Abdal-Khallaq traveled to Egypt and Nubia seeking Afrocentric
gift items from the East to bring to his people in the West in an
effort to provide them with knowledge, self awareness and cultural
identity. With true entrepreneurial spirit, he displayed a few gift
items such as Dashikis and afro picks in a showcase in his well-known
barbershop, Beau Nubian Brummell: Tonsorial Emporium once located on
Humboldt Avenue in Roxbury. Eventually, the showcase grew into retail
stores located in Roxbury, Mattapan and Cambridge. Over the years, A
Nubian Notion has been recognized by several individuals, community
groups, and elected officials. In June of 2009, they were recognized as
an "Outstanding Business of the Year" by Mayor Menino during the 13th
Annual Awards Ceremony for the Boston Main Streets Program.
On Saturday, July 28th shoppers can expect to find items such as:
books, posters, novelty gifts, sterling silver West Indian bangles,
earrings, incense, oils, CD's, publications, greeting cards, figurines,
and Kwanzaa gifts. In addition, A Nubian Notion carries convenience
store groceries, and is widely known as a popular ticket outlet for
concerts and community events.
"A Nubian Notion is one of the most important gems of our community and
serves as an economic engine for a neighborhood undergoing a
significant transformation", said Kaidi Grant, member of the Dudley
Square Main Streets Program and an active member of the Boston NAACP.
"A cash mob is what we need to stimulate their business which, like
many other businesses, is attempting to rebound from the downturn in
This year, A Nubian Notion celebrates 50 years of service and is
regarded as a primary retailer of Afrocentric gifts and novelty items
by generations of Black Bostonians! With its location at 146 Dudley
Street in Roxbury's Dudley Square, A Nubian Notion continues to operate
with the same entrepreneurial spirit of the late Malik A.
Abdal-Khallaq, who left a wonderful legacy for his children,
grand-children, and great-grandchildren.
More about NAACP
Founded in 1909, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People) is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights
organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world
are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities,
conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the
public and private sectors. The Boston Branch is the first chartered
branch in the nation, established in 1911.