Frederick Douglass is often quoted as saying, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” That statement, whether actually spoken by the famed abolitionist or not, is central to the mission of some of our favorite Black-owned bookstores in the USA. After the widely documented police brutality and racial injustices of 2020, it’s clear that many of us still have much more to learn. Which is why, during Black History Month (and really all year long), we're celebrating by striving for broadened perspectives, deeper understandings, and more robust conceptualizations of the world around us, by picking up more books by Black authors. Luckily, these nine phenomenal Black-owned bookstores in the USA give us their recomendations, to help readers find the perfect ones to start with.
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