Little Africa Food Cooperative was established in the summer of 2016 surrounding the murder of an unarmed black man, Philando Castile, a father assassinated by the Minnesota Police Department. The community, in despair from the continual systemic injustices targeted toward our families, created the outcry for us to do something. Our founder, Telia Badu, summoned the community to action. That something was to open and build an independent grocery store for the community. The community responded to the call with our first fundraiser that took place outside of Faith Community Credit Union raising $1500 in one day and Little Africa Food Coop was born.
The name Little Africa was inspired by Black Wall Street of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was a place that has inspired us to build and practice community economics, independence and long-term survival. Little Africa is about bringing back the overall wellness love synergy we once had as a people. We are also dedicated to creating our new and improved Black Wall Street by forging powerful networks and collaborations.
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