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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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marcus books

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)

Source Booksellers (Detroit, MI)

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

Eyeseeme (University City, MO)


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

Cafe con Libros (Brooklyn, NY)

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sisters uptown bookstore

Sisters Uptown Bookstore (New York, NY)

Revolution Books (New York, NY)

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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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  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.

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