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Black Bookstore Research Guide: The Book Collector

Guide to resources related to independent Black bookstores. Guide by Makoroba Sow

The Black Book Collector's Significance

"African American bookstores and bibliophiles (book lovers) have played an integral part in black intellectual life. The early bibliophiles often became booksellers as well, and their collections formed the nucleus of many of the outstanding special black collections in libraries, particularly those in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)." 

-- from The Encyclopedia of African American Popular Culture, "Books and Bibliophiles" by Dr. Jesse Carney Smith  

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"Mayme Clayton, Americans in Focus,"  February 2008. Narrated by Avery Clayton. Produced by Beezley Films, Inc. 


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