A while ago I compiled a list of Black Owned bookstores from all over the US, that I thought were pretty cool, and I’ve decided to finally share them with you. Most of these were shared with me, just as I take suggestions here, I do on other social media boards as well!
Here are a FEW links and a few names with locations!
A New Generation of African-American-Owned Bookstores
The FBI’s War on Black-Owned Bookstores
54 BLACK OWNED BOOKSTORES IN AMERICA
BOOK ENDS: BLACK-OWNED BOOK STORES TO SUPPORT DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Olive Tree Books
Medu and Shrine of Black Madonna in Atlanta
Pan African Connection Bookstore. Dallas, TX
Black and Nobel, West Philly, PA
Community Bookstore, New Orleans, LA
If you can think of any others, or know of one in your neighborhood or city that isn’t on this list, COMMENT THE NAME OR LINK BELOW!!
Let’s support Black and Local businesses as well as others!
As an African American writer I’ve realized just how much I need to portray ‘us’ as we want to be seen, need to be seen, in all of my books. I am dedicating a category to Black Authors because I want to lift up my community and support them in anyway that I can. Awareness is a great way to do so.
One of the first things I plan to highlight in this tab are black owned bookstores. It is important for black people to be given the gift of reading. Historically, it’s not something we are supposed to do. It’s a different day and age now. We have a chance to rise up and become better than we were. Catering to communities without reading and writing materials should be a priority. We should have every opportunity available to enhance our minds, souls and to educate ourselves. This isn’t something we can expect to be given to us. As current standards show, we must do it in our own communities.
That being said, we also have to use the resources given to us. Them being there for us to take is not enough! If we are given a bookstore but we never go in…how does that help us? If we are given a safe place to read and to enjoy the company of other scholars but we defile it, trash it and destroy its sanctuary…how does that inspire other would-be black business owners? Please share your thoughts on this. Comment what you think is the best way to help with literacy in the African American Community.
So keep watch of the “African American Community” page! If you want to support a black author or find a black owned bookstore follow the blog and hit this tab! I’ll be updating soon!
If you’ve read any books by black authors lately that you really enjoyed, feel free to write them in the comments below! Send me a link! Share the love! I’m always looking for great suggestions and plan to keep this tab up to date with new posts.