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Black Bookstore Research Guide: Web Resources

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

This is a brief selection of general web-based material on the black bookseller and book collector. Included are a few interviews with black booksellers. 

Black Owned Bookstores in the United States [list], African American Literature Book Club.

Green, Alex. (2018). A New Generation of African-American Owned Bookstores. Publishers Weekly.

Cineas, Fabiola. (2017). I Love My Job: Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse Owner Ariell Johnson. Philadelphia Magazine. 

Jones, Ayana (2017). Marc Lamont Hill launches coffee shop, bookstore in Philly. The Philidelphia Tribune

"Clara Villarosa: Author, Entrepreneur, Bookseller," African American Literature Book Club. [Former owner of Hue Man Bookstore in Harlem].

Davis, Joshua C. (2016). "Una Mulzac, Black Women Booksellers, and Pan-Africanism." Black Perspectives.

Davis, Joshua C. (2017) "Black-Owned bookstores: Anchors of the Black Power Movement." Black Perspectives. 

Hunter, Charlayne. "The Professor." (1966). The New Yorker

Fraser, Gerald C.(1976). "Lewis Michaux: One for the Books." New York Times.

(1982)All the Lights the Light: Oral history transcript. [Alfred Ligon Interviewed by Ranford B. Hopkins]. Online Archive of California.