Cheryl Straughter is the owner of the Boston restaurant and catering company, Soleil. After her business temporarily shut down due to the pandemic, she found relief in joining The Boston Black Hospitality Coalition, which aims to preserve the few gathering spaces for the city’s many black residents. She shares the coalitions demands, offers advice for those looking to organize, and discusses the systemic challenges Black owned businesses are facing.

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