Black-Owned Book Stores in the United States

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13 Bookstore(s) Who Specialize(s) in Black Books


Photo of Ashay by the Bay1 – Ashay by the Bay
157 Albatrosse Way
Vallejo, CA 94589
Owner/Proprietor: Deborah Day
Phone: 1-844-543-7732
Email: ashaybythebayceo@gmail.com
Opened in: 2017
Last updated: 2021-01-26 (175)

Photo of Carol’s Books2 – Carol’s Books
1913 Del Paso Blvd
Sacramento, CA 95815
Owner/Proprietor: Carol
Phone: (916) 646-6525
Email: hello@carolsbookstore.com
Opened in: 2017
Last updated: 2020-11-25 (9)

Photo of D3 Comic Book Spot3 – D3 Comic Book Spot
2148 Hilltop Mall Rd
Richmond, CA 94806
Owner/Proprietor: Darren Macon
Phone: 510-283-5051
Email: d3comicbookspot@yahoo.com
Opened in: 2015
Last updated: 2020-11-18 (211)

Photo of Eso Won Bookstore4 – Eso Won Bookstore
4327 Degnan Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Owner/Proprietor: James Fugate and Thomas Hamilton
Phone: (323) 290-1048
Email: jmfugate@msn.com
Opened in: 1990
Last updated: 2014-03-19 (4)

Photo of Malik Books5 – Malik Books
3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd Ste 245
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Owner/Proprietor: Malik and April
Phone: (323) 389-8040
Email: malik@malikbooks.com
Opened in: 1990
Last updated: 2020-10-29 (227)

Photo of Marcus Books (Oakland)6 – Marcus Books (Oakland)
3900 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Oakland, CA 94609
Owner/Proprietor: Johnson Family
Phone: (510) 652-2344
Email: info@marcusbooksoakland.com
Opened in: 1960
Last updated: 2017-06-05 (12)

Photo of Multicultural Bookstore and Gifts7 – Multicultural Bookstore and Gifts
260 Broadway
Richmond, CA 94804
Owner/Proprietor: Tamara Shiloh
Phone: (510) 422-5304
Email: multiculturalbookstore@gmail.com
Opened in: 2019
Last updated: 2022-04-25 (206)

Photo of Reparations Club8 – Reparations Club
3054 S. Victoria Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Owner/Proprietor: Jazzi McGilbert
Phone: 323-591-0012
Email: info@reparations.club
Opened in: 2019
Last updated: 2020-11-18 (228)

Photo of Shades of Afrika Bookstore9 – Shades of Afrika Bookstore
1001 E 4th St.
Long Beach , CA 90802
Owner/Proprietor: Sista Renee Quarles
Phone: (562) 436-2210
Email: shadesofafrika@gmail.com
Opened in: 1994
Last updated: 2014-04-06 (140)

Photo of Smiley’s Bookstore10 – Smiley’s Bookstore
940 East Dominguez Suite K
Carson, CA 90746
Owner/Proprietor:
Phone: (310) 324-8444
Email: info@SmileysBooks.org
Opened in: 1993
Last updated: 0000-00-00 (13)

Photo of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore11 – Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural & Bookstore
13197 Gladstone Ave. Unit A
Sylmar, CA 91342
Owner/Proprietor: Non-for-Profit
Phone: 818-939-3433
Email: tiachuchabookstore@gmail.com
Opened in: 2001
Last updated: 2014-03-19 (133)

Photo of Underground Books12 – Underground Books
2814 35th Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Owner/Proprietor: “Mother Rose”
Phone: 916-737-3333
Email: gwest@underground-books.com
Opened in: 2002
Last updated: 2017-02-02 (110)

Photo of Word of Life Christian Bookstores13 – Word of Life Christian Bookstores
6321 West Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90043
Owner/Proprietor: Jonathan Curtiss
Phone: 323-295-8223
Email: jon@shopwordoflife.com
Opened in: 1961
Last updated: 2020-11-23 (214)

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