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28 Black Owned Bookstores You Should Know

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The number of Black owned bookstores has declined significantly since 1999. That year, there were reportedly more than 325. But, by 2012 had dropped to about 50.  In 2017, the number rose to about 70. We’d like to acknowledge some of the stores that are still going strong.

Black Owned Bookstores

Hakim’s Bookstore (Philadelphia, PA)

Everyone’s Place (Baltimore, MD)

Eso Won (Los Angeles, CA)

Marcus Books (Oakland, CA)

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Mahogany Books (Washington, DC)

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Sankofa (Washington, DC)

Pyramid Art, Books and Custom Framing(Little Rock, AR)

Dare Books (Longwood, FL)

Pyramid Books  (Boynton Beach, FL)

Nubian Bookstore ( Morrow, GA)

Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI)

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Nandi’s Knowledge Cafe’ (Highland Park, MI)

Eyeseeme (University City, MO)

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La Unique African American Books & Cultural Center(Camden, NJ)

The Community Book Center (New Orleans, LA)

Cafe con Libros (Brooklyn, NY)

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Sisters Uptown Bookstore (New York, NY)

Grandma’s Place (Harlem, NY)

Zawadi Books (Columbus, OH)

Black Art Plus (Columbus, OH)

Black and Nobel (Philadelphia, PA)

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Uncle Bobbies Coffee & Books (Philadelphia, PA)

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Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse (Philadelphia, PA)

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Color Book Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)

The Pan African Connection (Dallas, TX)

The Dock Bookshop (Fort Worth, TX)

Black W0rld Books (Kileen, TX)

Harambee Books and Artworks (Alexandria, VA)

 

-Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (IG @thebusyafrican)

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17 Comments

  1. We Must Support Our Black Bookstores Because It’sVery Important That We Study Our Own Story Not (Hi)story. Amazon is Rich Enough, They Do Not Need Our Money. Our BlackBook Stores Really Need Our Support. Our Children Must Be Taught The Truth Of Our Ancient People. The Greatest Gifts We Can Give Our Children is To Purchase Books That Reflect Images Of Them. The Next Grea test Gift, Is To Remove Our Children Out Of The Schools Of Our Oppressors. Please Allow My Comments To Be Published.

  2. Is Zahrah’s Books N Things still in Inglewood, Ca.? I have so many wonderful memories of going there and purchasing books, magazines and lovely artistic items for my home that were created by Black artists.

  3. Thank you for this listing. But please also include Source of Knowledge Bookstore in Newark, NJ. They are a wonderful bookstore and has been serving Newark, NJ for over 20 years.

  4. https://www.africanbookstore.net/products.asp?cat=The+History+of+the+African+Bookstore

    R.I.P. ANTHONY HORATIO HARRISON – 2/13/1933 TO 2/20/2017 — Anthony Horatio Harrison is an African-Jamaican, born on February 13, 1933 in Kingston Jamaica, and the founder of the African Bookstore. In the 1990’s Anthony Harrison, after working several years as a Precision Machinist, from the United Kingdom to the United States of America, always believed that his children along with his community should constantly engage themselves with constructive information. Through this firm belief he started to sell books. Anthony Harrison sold books from his vehicle from 1992 until August 1994, after that period he opened the first African Bookstore in Broward County, Florida. The store flourished and therefore with that success he continued to support and encourage economic stability, self-reflection, independence, and empowerment of the community. The African Bookstore has now taken on a more advanced approach through the new millennium by enlarging their website under new leadership. Anthony Harrison’s daughters who are educators, along with new Technological Executive personnel, are familiar with the dynamics of the Internet age, and so they continue to inspire others to read, and are firm believers in the educational process of self-knowledge and enrichment.

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