by Lynn Jones – The owner of Kayla Mill Boutique had a vision to assemble successful entrepreneurs and career women for a Duval Black Women United photo shoot to illustrate to the community that there is power in numbers. The participants ranged from entrepreneurs to politicians. No matter the background, they all shared the shame passion as they assembled on the steps of Springfield’s Karpeles Manuscript Museum for a fight the power moment.
The collective goal of Black Women Businesses Matter is to create economic, educational, financial and wealth building opportunities for small business owners in Duval County.
“The goal is to support each other’s business to ensure successful events, create a round table to discuss next steps and make donations to various charities in our community,” said founder Kayla Mill. The majority of the women are currently either volunteering in the community or building up their business for consumer support and marketing. Next up for the Duval United Team is the ‘Get Out the Vote’ (GOTV) strategy. The group plans to form a coalition to provide bus transportation for seniors, former felons, and youth to get to the polls in a timely manner. Mill stated, “I have access to two shuttle buses that will provide transportation for the community. The bottom line is not only Black Lives matter, black businesses matter too and we have to capitalize on our success now and forever. Time has been wasted and we ready to make moves now.”
Shown l-r are the Duval Black Women United making their mark on the steps of justice: Kayla Mill (Kayla Mille Boutique), Adrienne Martin (Best Society), Monique Ross (L. Monique Foundation), Marva Keene (My Hurt For Women), Desiree Corley-Jones (Step by Step Behavioral), Patricia H. Williams (Mosiac MTM), Shara Mondy (Suited For Success) Terri Cooper (Edith Marie Foundation), Bridget Brightman-Lewis ( First Support Services), LaKecia Walker (Simply Ke’Say Boutique), Tina Tucker (Cheflove), Kimberly Padgett-Morrison (BMP Brand), Ju ‘Coby Pittman (City Council District 8), Dr. Cynthia Smith (Minds of the Future Academy) and Melissa Case (Singer/Songwriter/Actress).