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Black Lives Matter is developing an online interactive map of Black-owned businesses in partnership with ad agency J. Walter Thompson New York, the Huffington Post reports.

The Google maps-based directory currently lists more than 300 businesses nationwide. When it’s completed by the end of 2017, it will include nonprofits and online stores.

“Black-owned business have long been a staple in the Black community providing jobs, economic security and somewhere for us to go and feel seen and safe,” Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors said in a statement. “In these uncertain times, we need these places more than ever.”

The vision is for BackingBlackBusiness.com to become the largest most accessible directory of Black-owned businesses.

The partners hope it will “reduce the racial disparity that exists in economic well-being through the promotion of black business ownership,” Brent Choi, Chief Creative Officer of J. Walter Thompson New York added.

SOURCE: Huffington Post

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