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Black Food GeographiesRace, Self-Reliance, and Food Access in Washington, D.C.$
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Ashanté M. Reese

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469651507

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469651507.001.0001

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He’s Had That Store for Years

He’s Had That Store for Years

The Historical and Symbolic Value of Community Market

(p.91) Chapter Four He’s Had That Store for Years
Black Food Geographies

Ashanté M. Reese

University of North Carolina Press

In this chapter, Community Market emerges as a hopeful symbol of racial progress and self-reliance. Placed within the historical and contemporary contexts outlined in the previous two chapters, this chapter examines the paradox of residents exhibiting pride in the store while at the same time not shopping there on a regular basis. It also explores the role the second generation owner, Mr. Jones, plays in the community at large, making the argument that the position of authority that many residents claim he has is in part due to the longevity of the store, even in the face of impending gentrification.

Keywords:   Small grocery, Self-Reliance, Racial Progress, Class

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