She felt Black people needed a place to come together, so she created one
Last year, Kayla Crawley saw that many people around her were reeling after the murder of George Floyd. She made sure to keep in touch with friends and family and confronted people saying ignorant things, but she wanted to do more.
One day after work, she started a Facebook group called BLACK MTL – Building our Community, a forum for Black people to come together, support each other and promote themselves, but also for people who wanted to support Black business owners and Black people in general.
She figured maybe 500 people would join, 1,000 tops. Within the first week, the group had 10,000 members.
"It really showed the need, the need for us to have a space to promote ourselves so that we can get our names out there, and put our products out there and what we believe in out there."
The group is currently closing in on 47,000 members. Crawley is now part of a team of people that approves the posts and moderates the comments in the group.