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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.


Jackie’s Place is the only soul food spot in the South Bay. Owned and operated by Jackie Jackson, who has been catering the Bay Area for 20 years, Jackie’s Place serves all your favorite soul food offerings and smoked BBQ meats complete with fresh baked goods and a full drink menu.

SoFA District’s Nirvana Soul, owned by sisters Jeronica and Be’Anka, serves locally roasted coffee and delicious baked goods. The café turns into a late-night event space with Nirvana After Dark featuring live music, poetry and open mic nights.


Comfort food served with #SanJoseLove at Jackie's Place in Japantown

Olympic Black Power Statue at San Jose State University

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.

Check out more Black-owned restaurants in Mary Celestin’s blog.


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.

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 depicts the powerful image of former Spartans and Olympians Tommie Smith and John Carlos as they raise their fists in protest of injustices and inequality of African Americans.