Damage relief fund to help Atlanta’s black business owners rebuild

On May 29, Chanel Hawk watched Black Lives Matters protests that turned into hoards of people damaging downtown Atlanta and Buckhead businesses and stealing items. Her own store RCR Luxury Boutique, a Buckhead consignment shop that resells high-end items, was one of the casualties in the destruction.

“It was just heartbreaking to me,” said Hawk, who had reopened her store just a week before the protests. “I lost my mom a few months before this and was still going through that. It’s overwhelming, it’s a lot of emotional stress. I have to restart and rebuild.”
Hawk estimated damages to her store were between $30,000 and $40,000, and at least $100,000 in inventory was stolen.
But help for Hawk and other black-owned businesses could come soon thanks in part to Atlanta Black-Owned Business Relief, an online fundraising campaign created by a group of six black women to help black-owned businesses rebuild in the wake of property damage and theft during the May 29 protests in the city. More than $250,000 has been raised to help the businesses.
By Raisa Habersham, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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