Join Southside Community Land Trust and the Davey Lopes Recreational Center for the second annual Black August Market!

Celebrate & commemorate the creativity & resiliency of the Black Community

Sunday, August 27, 2023 | 11am – 4pm | Davey Lopes Rec. Center | 227 Dudley Street | Providence, RI 02907


Featuring live performances including storytelling, music, & dance | fresh food giveaways | vendors | artisans | activities for attendees of all ages | & so much more

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to come for all or part of this family-friendly event.

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Vendors wanted!

There is no cost to be a vendor at SCLT’s Black August Market. Click here to sign up or contact Event Coordinator Annette Alves at with any questions. We look forward to adding you to this event’s incredible lineup of artists, makers, community organizations, local businesses, and more!


About Black August

Black August is an acknowledgment and commemoration of organizers, activists, and freedom fighters who sacrificed in the struggle for Black liberation.

First celebrated in 1979, Black August was created to commemorate famed Black Panther George Jackson’s fight for Black liberation. After years of publishing, teaching, and leading the movement for prisoner rights, Jackson was killed during an uprising at San Quentin State Prison. Fifty-one years since his death, Black August is now a monthlong awareness campaign and celebration dedicated to Black freedom fighters, revolutionaries, radicals, and political prisoners, both living and deceased.

The U.S. has the sixth highest incarceration rate in the world. According to the NAACP, 32% of the US population is represented by African Americans and Hispanics today, while 56% of the US incarcerated population is represented by African Americans and Hispanics.

Here at SCLT, our mission of achieving healthy food access for all can only be accomplished as we build a more equal and just society. Our Black August event is an opportunity to commemorate important moments in our shared history and celebrate Black resilience today.