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Akoma Arts dancer in Downtown San Jose

Black History Month in San Jose

Celebrate Black History Month by honoring our social justice history and patroning Black-owned businesses in San Jose.

Black & Brown is a boutique and thrift shop owned by Monisha Murray. Black & Brown specializes in vintage designer clothing and on-trend threads, features art exhibits in their upstairs space and frequently hosts events around the local fashion and art communities.

Walia and Zeni are both amazing Black-owned Ethiopian restaurants with delicious dishes. Jubba Restaurant offers authentic Somali food and Back a Yard Caribbean Grill serves traditional Jamaican cuisine. Jackie’s Place is a brand-new soul food spot in Japantown owned and operated by Jackie Jackson, who has been catering the Bay Area for 20 years. 


Jackie's Place in San Jose's Japantown

Black history can be found all around San Jose when you take a closer look. The Olympic Black Power Statue on the San Jose State campus depict the powerful image of form Spartans and Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they raise their fists in protest of injustices and inequality of African Americans.

For a more interactive experience, check out Akoma Arts for African inspired performances and arts classes for residents and visitors alike. 

Olympic Black Power Statue at San Jose State University


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