Laura Claypool

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91 Black-Owned Bookstores Across America

I’ve compiled this list from resources published by @duendedistrict, @Bookshop_org, shoppeblack.us, Refinery29, Lit Hub, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel Noire.

ARKANSAS
Pyramid Arts, Books & Custom Framing | Little Rock, AR | https://www.pyramid1988.com/

CALIFORNIA
Ashay By the Bay | Vallejo, CA | https://ashaybythebay.com/
Eso Wan Books | Los Angeles, CA | https://www.esowonbookstore.com/
Malik Books | Los Angeles, CA | https://malikbooks.com/
Marcus Books | Oakland, CA | https://tapmybio.com/marcusbooks
Old Capitol Books | Monterey, CA | https://oldcapitolbooks.com/
Reparations Club | Los Angeles, CA | https://rep.club/collections/books
Shades of Afrika | Long Beach, CA | https://shadesofafrika.com/books/
Smiley’s Bookstore | Carson, CA | https://www.facebook.com/SmileysBooks/
The Multicultural Children’s Bookstore | Richmond, CA | https://www.multiculturalbookstore.com/
Underground Books | Sacramento, CA | http://underground-books9.mybigcommerce.com/

COLORADO
Shop at Matter | Denver, CO | https://www.shopatmatter.com/

CONNECTICUT
Burgundy Books | Old Saybrook, CT | https://burgundybooks.com/shop

DELAWARE
Mejah Books & Crafts | Claymont, DE | https://mejahbooks.com/

FLORIDA
Cultured Books | St. Petersburg, FL | https://www.culturedbooks.com/
Dare Books | Longwood, FL | https://darebooks.com/
Pyramid Books | Boynton Beach, FL | https://pyramidbooks.indielite.org/

GEORGIA
All Things Inspiration Giftique | Mableton, GA | https://bookshop.org/shop/AllThingsInspirationGift
Black Dot Cultural Center & Bookstore | Lithonia, GA | https://www.blackdotccstore.com/
Brave + Kind Bookshop | Decatur, GA | https://www.braveandkindbooks.com/
For Keeps Books | Atlanta, GA | https://www.forkeepsbooks.com/
Medu Bookstore | Atlanta, GA | https://www.medubookstore.com/
NuBian Books | Morrow, GA | https://www.facebook.com/pg/Nubian-Bookstore-110668169013960/posts/?ref=page_internal
The Listening Tree | Decatur, GA | https://listeningtreebooks.com/

ILLINOIS
Afriware Books | Maywood, Il| https://www.afriwarebooks.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
Da Book Joint | Chicago, IL | https://www.facebook.com/DaBookJoint/
Lushena Bookstore | Bensenville, IL | https://www.lushenabooksinc.com/
Semicolon Bookstore | Chicago, IL | https://bookshop.org/shop/semicolonchi
The Underground Bookstore | Chicago, IL | https://www.facebook.com/UndergroundBookStore/

INDIANA
Akoma Novelties & Books | Evansville, IN | https://www.akomabooks.com/books
Beyond Barcodes Bookstore | Kokomo, IN | https://squareup.com/store/beyondbarcodesbookstore?fbclid=IwAR1xPlKDdDm9kWuD_PTDELAyjsHNDrCrZ_ptlYvm95O594czMtQX5tdiWjM
Brain Lair Books Bookshop | South Bend, IN | https://bookshop.org/shop/brainlairbooks

KANSAS
Bliss Books & Wine | Kansas City, KA | https://www.blissbooksandwine.com/

KENTUCKY
Wild Fig Books | Lexington, KY | https://www.wildfigbooksandcoffee.com/

LOUISIANA
Community Book Center | New Orleans, LA | https://m.facebook.com/Community-Book-Center-178125373443/

MARYLAND & WASHINGTON DC
Loyalty Bookstore | Silverspring, MD | https://www.loyaltybookstores.com/
Mahogany Books | Washington DC | https://www.mahoganybooks.com/
Riches in Reading | Maryland City, MD | https://www.alibris.com/stores/riches94/browse?fbclid=IwAR2PIJFYio7blpYBJKJ9zAu2IgsosWt9CjfDd5c9ULcP68YvnW7v4SGqdh4
Sankofa Video Books & Café | Washington DC | https://www.events.sankofa.com/shop
Wisdom Book Center | Gwynn Oak, MD | https://wisdombookcenter.com/shop?olsPage=products

MASSACHUSETTS
Frugal Bookstore | Boston, MA | https://frugalbookstore.net/
Olive Tree Books-N-Voices | Springfield, MA | http://olivetreebooksonline.com/?fbclid=IwAR0FwIGk8Nk4WIORU6mTjp6n7m-Xl2J-feRwKrZlQZQhqv0afUjtM6UKsNs

MICHIGAN
Black Stone Bookstore | Ypsilanti, MI | https://www.blackstonebookstore.com/
Detroit Book City | Detroit, MI | http://www.detroitbookcity.com/
Nandi’s Knowledge Café | Highland Park, MI | http://site.nandisknowledgecafe.com/book-store/
Source Booksellers | Detroit, MI | https://www.sourcebooksellersonline.com/

MISSOURI
EyeSeeMe | University City, MO | https://bookshop.org/shop/eyeseeme
Willa’s Books & Vinyl | Kansas City, MO| https://www.willasbookskc.com/

NEBRASKA
Aframerican Bookstore | Omaha, NE | http://aframericanbookstore.com/contact.shtml

NEW JERSEY
La Unique African American Books & Cultural Center | Camden, NJ | http://www.launiquebooks.net/

NEW YORK
Café con Libros | Brooklyn, NY | https://www.cafeconlibrosbk.com/ 
Sister’s Uptown Bookstore | New York, NY | https://experienceonekin.co/collections/the-sisters-uptown-bookstore
Yoruba Book Center | Brooklyn, NY | https://www.facebook.com/Yoruba-Book-Center-252840090155/
The Lit.Bar. | The Bronx, NY | http://www.thelitbar.com/
Zawadi Books | Buffalo, NY | https://www.facebook.com/Zawadi-Books-466887943377904/

NORTH CAROLINA
Liberations Station | Durham, NC | https://www.liberationstationbookstore.com/thebookstore
Shelves Bookstore | Charlotte, NC | https://shelvesbookstore.com/

OHIO
Elizabeth’s Bookshop & Writing Centre | Akron, OH | https://bookshop.org/shop/Elizabeths
Smith & Hannon Bookstore | Cincinnati, OH | https://www.smithandhannonbookstore.com/

OKLAHOMA
Fulton Street Books | Tulsa, OK | https://bookshop.org/shop/fultonstreet
Mocha Books | Tulsa, OK | https://www.readwithmochabooks.com/
Nappy Roots Books | Oklahoma City, OK | https://www.facebook.com/nappyrootsbooks/

SOUTH CAROLINA
Turning Page Bookshop | Goose Creek, SC | https://turningpagebookshop.com/

PENNSYLVANIA
Amalgam | Philadelphia, PA | https://amalgamphilly.com/whatthefrak/
Books & Stuff | Philadelphia, PA | https://www.booksandstuff.info/shop-3
Hakim’s Bookstore | Philadelphia, PA | https://hakimsbookstore.com/
Harriett’s Bookshop | Philadelphia, PA | https://www.harriettsbookshop.com/
The Black Reserve Bookstore | Lansdale, PA | https://the-black-reserve-bookstore.business.site/
The Tiny Bookstore | Pittsburgh, PA | https://tinybookspgh.com/
Uncle Bobbie’s Books & Café | Philadelphia, PA | https://bookshop.org/shop/unclebobbies
White Whale Bookstore | Pittsburgh, PA | http://whitewhalebookstore.com/

TENNESSEE
The African Place | Memphis, TN | http://theafricanplace.com/

TEXAS
Black Pearl Books | Austin, TX | https://blackpearlbookstore.com/
Black World Books | Killeen, TX | https://blackworldbooks.org/
Enda’s Booktique | Duncanville, TX | https://endasbooktique.com/
Pan-African Connection | Dallas, TX | https://www.panafricanconnection.com/
The Dock Bookshop | Fort Worth, TX | https://www.thedockbookshop.com/

VIRGINIA
Books and Crannies | Martinsville, VA | https://www.booksandcranniesva.com/about-us
Harambee Books & Artworks | Alexandria, VA | https://harambeebooks.org/
House of Consciousness |Norfolk, VA | https://www.hocbookstore.com/
Positive Vibes | Virginia Beach, VA | https://www.positivevibesva.com/

WASHINGTON
L.E.M.S Bookstore | Seattle, WA | https://sites.google.com/keytechlabs.org/lemsbookstore/home
Sistah SciFi | Seattle, WA | https://sistahscifi.com/

 

ONLINE ONLY
Babycake’s Book Stack | https://babycakesbookstack.indielite.org/
Black Classic Press | http://www.blackclassicbooks.com/all-titles/
DTR Books | https://www.dtr360books.com/
The Key Bookstore | https://keybookstore.com/
Kizzy’s Books & More | https://www.kizzysbooksandmore.com/
Loving Me Books | https://www.lovingmebooks.com/
The African American Literature Book Club | https://aalbc.com/
The Literacy Shop | https://www.theliteracyshop.com/shop

 

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