Black People : Only 54 Black Owned Bookstores Remain in America

Keita Kenyatta

Well-Known Member
REGISTERED MEMBER
Feb 7, 2004
5,631
3,337
This is a follow up to an article, Death of the Black Owned, Independent, Bookstore, originally published here on March 25, 2012. The article highlighted the fact the we had lost 66% of our Black owned bookstores, in the United States, over the previous decade. That was and remains an astonishing statistic.
Two years later almost half of the stores still open in 2012 have closed. You read that correctly, ALMOST HALF! At the end of this article I’ve included a list of all the Black owned stores that remain open. Here is a list of the stores that we have lost since 2002.

Harlem, NY’s Hue-man Bookstore closed July 2012
Our bookstores have closed for every reason under the sun. Many were started by people with a passion for literature but weak business skills and other have fallen prey to escalating rents and a dismal economy.
Perhaps a more pernicious reason, contributing to the closure of bookstores, is simply less demand for the product. There is mounting evidence that we, all Americans, are simply reading less.
The National Endowment for the Arts issued a report in 2004, Reading at Risk,
in which they warned

http://aalbc.com/blog/index.php/2014/03/31/54-black-owned-bookstores-remain-america/
 

RAPTOR

Well-Known Member
REGISTERED MEMBER
Sep 12, 2009
6,840
3,592
How unfortunate.

Several times, I have sought after black bookstores, going
online to get an address. Then I'll ride out to where the stores
were addressed only to find that they aren't there any more.
 
Last edited:

Kadijah

Well-Known Member
BANNED
Apr 7, 2013
6,131
2,930
Not just black, but with the advent of Kindle and the internet, bookstores, in general, are an endangered species.
 

Clyde C Coger Jr

Well-Known Member
PREMIUM MEMBER
Nov 17, 2006
60,279
11,951
www.amazon.com
Occupation
Speaker/Teacher/Author
Not just black, but with the advent of Kindle and the internet, bookstores, in general, are an endangered species.


Very good point Kadijah, the Internet has been a blessing on one hand and a cursing on the other, relating to black brick and mortar bookstores. Nevertheless, we must continue to support those remaining.


 

Create an account or login to comment

You must be a member in order to leave a comment

Create account

Create an account on our community. It's easy!

Log in

Already have an account? Log in here.

Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED ATH;ETIC BRANDS Black Money Business Jobs 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED HAIR CARE PRODUCT LINE IN NEIMAN MARCUS Black Money Business Jobs 0
I_AM_HER Steals and Deals : Black woman -owned Candle Shop in Houston, TX Shopping - Steals and Deals! 0
Clyde C Coger Jr Black Money Business Jobs : Killer Mike's majority Black and Latino owned online bank already has 'tens of thousands' on the waiting list Black Money Business Jobs 0
Al D Black People : The black-owned coffee firm that became a bestseller Black People Open Forum 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED BRANDS FOR BABIES AND CHILDREN Black Money Business Jobs 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED FACE MASK BUSINESS Black Money Business Jobs 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED CHAMPAIGN BRAND Black Money Business Jobs 1
DigitallyBlack Science and Technology : First Black Owned Crypto Currency: Guap Coin Science and Technology 5
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : 15 BLACK OWNED SHOE LINES Black Money Business Jobs 2
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED WOMENS' SHOE LINE Black Money Business Jobs 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : 25 BLACK OWNED VEGAN BUSINESSES Black Money Business Jobs 1
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : 20 BLACK OWNED SPICE, SEASONING, SAUCE BRANDS Black Money Business Jobs 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED TOILET PAPER, MOUTHWASH AND DETERGENT BRANDS Black Money Business Jobs 2
DigitallyBlack Audio Video Web Conferencing : Glamology Bath Bakery a Black Owned Skincare Business Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
DigitallyBlack Audio Video Web Conferencing : Black Owned Food Truck Business Bleu Kitchen Audio Video Web Conferencing 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED BOTTLED WATER BRAND Black Money Business Jobs 1
Clyde C Coger Jr African American History Culture : Thomas Jefferson Owned Hundreds of Slaves—Now a Black Woman Will Run His Foundation African American History Culture 0
TheOneWillFocus Black Positive People : New Event and Ticketing Platform - Black Owned! Black People Doing Positive Things 0
Clyde C Coger Jr Black Money Business Jobs : Why Are There So Few Black-Owned Grocery Stores? Black Money Business Jobs 6
The_Revolutionist Black Money Business Jobs : When building your business means hiding that it's black-owned Black Money Business Jobs 16
Destee African American History Culture : Is It Wrong to Mention Black People Owned Slaves? African American History Culture 15
freddie419 Black Money Business Jobs : how can we now benefit from Black owned business in our inner city communities. Black Money Business Jobs 10
IFE Black Money Business Jobs : VICTORIA SECRET STORE MANAGER IS RACIST AF, SO HERE ARE 7 BLACK-OWNED LINGERIE COMPANIES TO SHOP FRO Black Money Business Jobs 2
IFE Beauty - Hair Care - Fashion : VICTORIA SECRET STORE MANAGER IS RACIST AF, SO HERE ARE 7 BLACK-OWNED LINGERIE COMPANIES TO SHOP FRO Beauty - Black Hair Care - Fashion 1
jamesfrmphilly Black Money Business Jobs : black-owned-beauty-supply-stores Black Money Business Jobs 55
Fine1952 Black Money Business Jobs : President of Black Owned Bank Speaks Out: Black Money Business Jobs 2
jamesfrmphilly Black Money Business Jobs : black-owned-ride-sharing-app-moovn Black Money Business Jobs 0
Kemetstry Black Positive People : BLACK OWNED TOILETRY BRANDS Black People Doing Positive Things 0
Clyde C Coger Jr Black Money Business Jobs : African Americans go digital to back black-owned stores Black Money Business Jobs 4
IFE Black Positive People : This Black Owned Online Store Sells School Supplies Dedicated To Representing Black Culture Black People Doing Positive Things 1
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : HOW DID WE LOSE BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES? Black Money Business Jobs 76
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : 14 BLACK OWNED SWIM WEAR LINES Black Money Business Jobs 2
I Black People : Stop going to white owned "black" sites Black People Open Forum 9
shaka64 Black People : Usher, Jermaine Dupri, Killer Mike Support Black Owned Bank By Opening Accounts Black People Open Forum 0
Clyde C Coger Jr Black Money Business Jobs : Fifteen Black Entrepreneurs Make a Big Deposit In A Black-Owned Bank Black Money Business Jobs 3
Liberty Black Money Business Jobs : The Ultimate Black-Owned Online Business Holiday Gift Guide (U.S. Online Shops) Black Money Business Jobs 0
OldSoul OldSoul : how black owned businesses were wiped out during the Civil Rights era OldSoul 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : BLACK OWNED SKIN CARE LINE Black Money Business Jobs 0
Clyde C Coger Jr Law Forum : Lawsuit: Cops Put Black Woman in Mental Hospital Because They Didn't Believe She Owned BMW Law Forum - Prisons - Gun Ownership 3
Black Phoenix Black Money Business Jobs : Black Excellence: Top 5 Black Owned Handbag Companies Black Money Business Jobs 0
Black Phoenix Black People : Black Excellence:5 Black-Owned Companies You've Never Heard of That Make $500 Million or More A Yea Black People Open Forum 0
Black Phoenix Black Money Business Jobs : Black Excellence: 5 Black-Owned Food Brands To Look For in Your Local Grocery Store Black Money Business Jobs 0
Black Phoenix Black Money Business Jobs : Black Excellence: The Top Six Black Owned Wines and Wineries Black Money Business Jobs 0
Kemetstry Black Money Business Jobs : 5 LARGE BLACK OWNED COMPANIES Black Money Business Jobs 3
shaka64 Black People : Black-Owned Businesses Are Quietly Powering Detroit's Resurgence, But No One's Talking About It Black People Open Forum 1
Therious Black Money Business Jobs : Black Owned Office Supply Black Money Business Jobs 0
Alarm Clock Black Money Business Jobs : Microsoft SA is looking for small, black-owned software companies Black Money Business Jobs 0
Alarm Clock Black Women : Blast From the Past; Phyllis Hyman Speaks on Black Owned Businesses Black Women 4
ckoolbreez Black People Politics : Mitt Romney: I Can Relate To Black People, My Ancestors Once Owned Slaves Black People Politics 25
Similar threads


















































Latest profile posts

$1 Billion Black dollars in 30 days
Destee wrote on Marcchris's profile.
Hi @Marcchris ... Welcome Welcome Welcome!!! :wave: ... Thanks for joining us AND becoming a Premium Member! :cheerleader: ... I am honored. Please make yourself right at home! Much Love and Peace.
Destee wrote on rhymebad's profile.
I Love You! :love:
Destee wrote on dunwiddat's profile.
Good to see you Sister! :cheerleader:
Kemetstry wrote on dunwiddat's profile.
Where have you been hiding ?
Top