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Black-Owned Bookstores to Support Now
By PW Staff |
Jun 03, 2020
Marcus Books in Oakland, Calif. is the oldest black-owned bookstore in the U.S.
Activists across the United States are encouraging book lovers who want to show support for the ongoing protests against police violence to buy books from black-owned and African American–focused bookstores. PW has compiled a list of black-owned stores for readers to shop at. Any of the following stores would surely appreciate the business.
A Different Booklist, Toronto, Ont.
AfriWare Books, Maywood, Ill.
Amalgam, Philadelphia, Pa.
Ashay by the Bay, Vallejo, Calif.
Atomic City Comics, Philadelphia, Pa.
Babycakes Book Stack, Online
Between the Lines Bookstore, Baton Rouge, La.
Beyond Barcodes Bookstore, Kokomo, Ind.
Black World Books, Killeen, Tex.
Blackstone Bookstore & Cultural Center, Ypsilanti, Mich.
Book Boutique, Atlanta, Ga.
Books and Crannies, Martinsville, Va.
Brian Lair Books, South Bend, Ind.
Brave and Kind Books, Decatur, Ga.
Cafe Con Libros, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Carol's Bookstore, Sacramento, Calif
Cultured Books, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Da Book Joint, Chicago, Ill.
Dare Books, Longwood, Fla.
Detroit Book City, Southfield, Mich.
Enda's Booktique, Duncanville, Tex.
Eso Wan Books, Los Angeles
Eye See Me, University City, Mo.
For Keeps Books, Atlanta, Ga.
Frugal Bookstore, Roxbury, Mass.
Fulton Street Books & Coffee, Tulsa, Ok.
Harambee Books, Alexandria, Va.
Harriett's Bookshop, Philadelphia, Pa.
Hakim's Bookstore, Philadelphia, Pa.
Loyalty Bookstore, Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring, Md.
Lushena Books, Bensenville, Ill.
Mahogany Books, Washington, D.C.
Marcus Books, Oakland, Calif.
Medu Bookstore, Atlanta, Ga.
MeJah Books, Claymont, Del.
Mocha Books, Tulsa, Okla.
Nubian Bookstore, Morrow, Ga.
Olive Tree Books-n-Voices, Springfield, Mass.
Pyramid Art, Books, & Custom Framing, Little Rock, Ark.
Revolution Books, Berkeley, Calif.
Riches in Reading, Maryland City, Md.
Sankofa, Washington, D.C.
Semicolon Bookstore, Chicago, Ill.
Sister's Uptown Bookstore, New York, N.Y.
Sistah Scifi, Online
Smith & Hannon, Cincinnati, Ohio
Solid State Books, Washington, D.C.
Source Booksellers, Detroit, Mich.
Source of Knowledge, Newark, N.J.
The Dock Bookshop, Fort Worth, Tx.
The Black Reserve, Lansdale, Pa.
The Key Bookstore, Hartford, Conn.
The Listening Tree, Decatur, Ga.
The Lit. Bar, Bronx, N.Y.
Turning Page Bookshop, Goose Creek, S.C.
Willa's Books, Kansas City, Mo.
White Whale Bookstore, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Uncle Bobbie's Books and Cafe, Philadelphia, Penn.
Underground Books, Sacramento, Calif.
Yoruba Bookstore, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Zawadi Books, Columbus, Ohio
This story has been updated with further information.
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