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Guest Floyd Webb


Third World Press Foundation provides quality literature that primarily focuses on issues, themes, and critique related to an African American public. The Third World Press Foundation mission is to make this literature accessible to as many individuals as possible including our targeted market of primarily African American readers.

The Third World Press Foundation mission to provide quality literature is further enhanced by our marketing goals to increase the overall awareness for the titles that we publish, and to expand beyond our current customer base of predominately African Americans readers, who are generally identified as college-educated and moderately affluent. These readers are consistent book-purchasing clients with academic or scholarly affiliation. Our goals are to cultivate a broader readership of individuals who want to gain greater insight into African American cultural traditions; to reach individuals that are younger and/or less scholarly-focused; and also to reach that customer who just did not know that we existed.

Haki R. Madhubuti founded Third World Press Foundation, the oldest independent publisher of Black thought and literature in the country, in 1967. Madhubuti (then known as Don L. Lee), with early support from Johari Amini and Carolyn Rodgers, launched Third World Press Foundation from his basement apartment on the South Side of Chicago. With Madhubuti’s $400 honorarium received from a poetry reading, a used mimeograph machine, and individuals committed to the local and national Black Arts and empowerment movements, the Press produced its first publications. During the formative years of the Press, Madhubuti was mentored and supported by a strong circle of artists, journalists, writers and professionals including Margaret Burroughs, Dudley Randall, Hoyt W. Fuller, Curtis Ellis, Soyini Walton, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

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