Introducing Black Owned, a film series exploring the Black entrepreneurial spirit and its essential contribution to the American economy through the perspectives of business owners.
In the first of the series, we hear from Maati, owner of Louise Marshall’s Music & Bookstore in Jackson, Mississippi, one of the oldest bookstores in the United States.
Almost 40 percent of the population in Mississippi is African American. That’s more than any other state in the nation. But black people own less than 18 percent of the state’s economy, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. MPB’s Ashley Norwood reports on why African Americans own significantly fewer businesses and what some black business owners have to say about it.
Chimes dangling from the door of Louise Marshall’s Music and Bookstore alert the staff whenever a customer has arrived. The Christian bookstore opened in the 1940’s in the historic Farish Street District in Jackson. It is believed to be the nation’s oldest operating bookstore owned by a black person.
Maati Jone Primm is the third generation owner and operator of the bookstore, which is named after her grandmother. She says they’ve operated on Farish Street for their entire 80 year history. (Source: MPB Online)
Running time: 3 minutes
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