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   A Nubian Notion - NAACP Cash Mob Saturday - July 28

Posted: July 17, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

Boston NAACP Holding Cash Mob Saturday at "A Nubian Notion"
July 28, 2012 10 AM – 4 PM


A Nubian NotionThe 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 events.

NAACP CONTINUES ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
"Cash Mob Saturdays" aimed at supporting local businesses

On 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 services.

A Nubian Notion 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 the economy."

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.


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