Blog: Get-on-the-Bus Tour: A Trip to 3 Black Businesses in Los Angeles County on 7-22-17

By Dr. Maxine Thompson

When we look around us, as African Americans, we see so many problems in the Black community we don’t know where to begin. Poverty. Homelessness. Mass incarceration. Police brutality. Murder.

So, where do we start to help fix some of the problems? Like Booker T. Washington said in his autobiography, Up From Slavery, we start where we are. To this end, Dr. Rosie Milligan, as the chairperson of the West Coast Supporters of the Harvest Institute ( ( under the leadership by Dr. Claud Anderson,) spearheaded another “Get on the Bus” tour to 3 Black businesses on 7-22-17.

This is not the first tour, but this is better because we now have social media. In Dr. Claud Anderson’s book, Powernomics: The National plan to Empower Black People, (2001), he proposed that, as a race, we do business with our own kind, just as we did before integration. This is nothing new. This is exactly what we did when we were segregated in America before we drank the Kool-Aid that “The White Man’s Ice was Colder.”

When Blacks could only do business with one another, we had Black Wall street, Black hospitals, Black hotels, Black schools, Black grocery stores, and Black hair care industry, just to name a few. Unfortunately, Black businesses are failing at an alarming rate because of a lack of support from the Black community. Many Blacks now will buy the same products, only from another race.

In an effort to alleviate this problem, Dr. Rosie Milligan initiated The get-on-the-bus tour on 7-22-17. It involved shopping at 3 Black businesses in the Los Angeles County area. First, we went to a Black Beauty Supply place, A Girl Cave. 1856 w. Manchester. Inglewood CA. (323) 875 8116, next, Ms. Ann’s Boutique 2633 W. Manchester, Inglewood, CA (320) 738 9528, and last, Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, Owner Kia Patterson, 2175 West Rosecrans Ave., Compton, CA 90222 (310)668-5527.

What is different now is we have social media to help spread the word. Please contact the businesses listed above or post on your social media walls.

Remember. No one can save us, but us.

This was an exhilarating experience. Hope we do it again soon.

Along this mindset, you can also now order Black made products from

If you would like to launch a “Get on the Bus” tour in your city, contact Dr. Rosie Milligan at, 1425 W. Manchester Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90047. ( 323-750-3592.

*Dr. Claud Anderson is a noted black author who has successfully implemented social and economic change throughout his career. His unique background of experience is reflected in PowerNomics: The National Plan. To implement the strategy of industrializing Black communities, he has established a vertically integrated seafood industry that is currently operating and will expand into urban areas across the nation. His company is one of the few black-owned companies to make stock available to the general public through an initial public offering. In addition to his most recent seafood project, he owns a vertically integrated publishing company and was one of the first blacks to own a radio station in Florida.

Dr. Anderson headed two economic development corporations in Florida and was appointed by President Jimmy Carter as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the head of the Coastal Plains Regional Commission. In that position, he worked with governors in the southeast states to develop and fund economic development projects, including seafood. He was Coordinator of Education for the State of Florida under Governor Rubin Askew during integration and has held a number of high-level positions in national and state politics. He is also President of The Harvest Institute, a black research, education and advocacy organization. He is imminently qualified to offer a plan to empower Black America.

Book Review: Having Her Say: A Compilation of Articles by and about Dr. Rosie—Time Keeper, Almanac and Score Keeper for Black America

by Dr. Rosie Milligan

Reviewed by Dr. Maxine Thompson

Having Her Say, Dr. Rosie Milligan’s 21st published book, is her much-awaited master piece. Part memoir, part business book, and part clarion call for Black people to wake up, Having Her Say will leave readers not only with something to think about, but with some action steps to take.

Dr. Milligan’s compilation of essays captures pivotal moments in Black History, such as witnessing the first Black President Barack Obama. Moreover, Dr. Milligan’s articles written since 1990, (which seemed controversial at the time,) prophesied the present condition of Black America. For instance, she predicted the plight of Black America and issued a warning that if Blacks did not change their attitude and economic direction, then history would repeat itself and Blacks would return to slavery, but in a more sophisticated form—having an illusion of freedom.

Given the current state of political anxiety and racial tension, these articles also provide a timely answer and direction as to where to go from here. These essays will help you look back to see where we have come from. Furthermore, they will give you a candid look at the historical moments that have impacted the lives of African Americans from the loss of Black businesses in Los Angeles, to the loss of social programs after the Watts riot in 1965, to the loss of civil rights through “the three strike” law. Dr. Milligan’s articles also chronicle the legal cases of Jena 6, and Christopher Dorner, and the LAPD saga. You feel like you’re getting a history lesson as you read the book, which is divided into sections with articles on Finances, Health, Sex, Family responsibilities to each other and Black Economic Empowerment. There are no-holds barred; she calls out ministers and politicians as to their accountability to “Black Folks.”

Find out what went into the making of the woman who boldly named herself, self-appointed “Mayor of South Central Los Angeles.” Follow Dr. Milligan’s journey from the South, where she describes herself as “an ex-cotton picker, a pea picker, a farmer, a hog slopper,” to South Los Angeles, where she has lived and worked in the community as an iconic leader, a publisher, an activist, and an entrepreneur of multiple businesses for the past 5 decades.

Described as a modern-day Harriet Tubman, Dr. Rosie Milligan has led the way to freedom for many Black businesses and writers through her mentoring and Black Writers on Tour conference, which, despite the economy, is celebrating its 21st year. She has been to Black writers what Barry Gordy’s Motown was to talented Black entertainers in the 1960s through 1980s, having published 350 authors through her company, the Professional Publishing House.

Learn within these pages, how like David going up against Goliath, Dr. Milligan has successfully fought the giants of oppression, racism and imperialism against great odds. Through this book, you will find the source of her strength. She has acted as a servant to God and her people throughout her adult life.

Having Her Say is filled with nuggets of wisdom, garnered from a life well-lived. This book is a conduit where readers will get an insight into how Dr. Milligan thinks and feels, as well as a national treasure, which will add to Dr. Milligan’s legacy by touching more lives.

This book should be in every Black person’s library.

Book is available in hardback and paper back at, Express Yourself Book Store, 1425 W. Manchester Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90047 323-750-3592

At Online Sellers.

Reviewed by:

Dr. Maxine Thompson

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