Melanated Money Mondays , was birthed from
frustration through the contractions of injustices
that continued to push on the nation and around
the world. With the added heightened unrest of
2020, and societal environment looming in the
shadows of a pandemic, the final trimester
was here and something was bound to be
birthed, pushed through…refusing to be aborted
On May 29, 2020, Kalaani Reynolds
went into labor after being challenged to action
with a simple message:
“what would you have done”?
She didn't have an answer, but she used the social platform she'd expressed her anger and hurt and create
A group to promote and highlight black-owned businesses and encourage all people to buy from black-owned entities. Although the initial intention was to encourage spending within the black business communities, designated on Mondays, it has morphed into a conglomerate of daily requests for black-owned businesses. Since its inception, May 29, 2020, she and her team have amassed over 46k active members, in 26 states and 3 countries, contributing to the black community and the economic growth within. An organization that is Charleston, SC-based, but not Charleston bound.
The focal point of M3 is to encourage communication, collaboration, and community for a better economic system among black entrepreneurs and consumers alike. To accomplish this task, Kalaani has organized a team to identify chapter leaders in various cities, nationally. Within each city, the team will designate a black-owned establishment to host various events throughout the year. These events will highlight local black businesses within the community and also contribute funds to a specific need within that black community.
Always on a Monday, and typically the weekend holiday that families travel in the black community for reunions. The goal is to orchestrate “reunion” style events in various cities, simultaneously, so that even if a family is traveling out of town, they have the opportunity to visit a historical black venue (park, museum, college, etc.) to partake in local goods and what that particular establishment has to offer.
Choosing the International African American Museum was not a hard decision. Based in Charleston, SC, [Conde Nast Vote #1 Destination for 9 consecutive years], IAAM is set to be one of the top tourist attractions to add to the treasure of history within the city. With a portion of all proceeds being donated to African American history, the goal is to encourage natives and visitors to truly know the history of those who helped create it and contribute to the economic growth of our society as a whole.
We will host multiple events throughout the year in various cities, however, “the reunion” will always be held on Labor Day.
Because of our “labor of love” when ancestors where enslaved, we sacrificed dignity for survival. Because of our “labor of love”, our ancestors were beaten and we persevered. Because of their “labor of love”, we are their wildest dreams...
...And we will celebrate their “Labor Day of love”.