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50 In 50: Black-Owned Bookstores Across America
Black-owned bookstores in the U.S. went through a major decline in the past 20 years. According to Troy Johnson who runs the online book database The African American Literature Book Club, there were more than 325 black-owned bookstores in the U.S. in 1999. By 2014, the number of black-owned bookstores declined by 83%, leaving only 54 in existence.
“They were closing left and right, and the major ones were struggling,” says Johnson to Publishers Weekly.
Fortunately, the number of black-owned bookstores is growing. Although they aren’t existent in all 50 states, there is still an effort being made to shop locally at black-owned bookstores.
If your state isn’t on the list, head to www.africanbookstore.net to shop black virtually.