13 Black Owned Bookstores You Should Absolutely Know About

Zakiya Jamal  //  Feb 4, 2021

13 Black Owned Bookstores You Should Absolutely Know About

Every Friday this month we're highlighting different Black owned bookstores on our Instagram stories, but we want to amplify these stores not only during Black History Month but all year long. With that in mind, here are 13 Black owned stores you should keep in mind when looking for your next read!

The Brain Lair

Located in South Bend, IN, The Brain Lair offers a wide selection of titles that feature people all over the world, with an emphasis on people of color, people with disabilities, and people who identify as LGBTQ+.

Books and Crannies

Books and Crannies is a Black-woman owned independent bookstore, located in Martinsville, VA that features fiction and non-fiction accompanied by a selection of children's books and a wide range of titles.

Underground Books

Underground Books opened in the summer of 2003 and is the literary hub of Oak Park, California. It is a nonprofit under St. HOPE and is a gathering place for neighborhood residents. Underground books hosts book signings by local and national authors, lectures, poetry events, children's story time, radio shows and more!

The Dock Bookshop

The Dock Bookshop is the largest African American owned full service bookstore in Texas and the Southwest. Their mission is to inspire, inform, and entertain customers through books and book-related events.

Eso Won Books

Located in Los Angeles, California, Eso Won Books is one of the largest African American Bookstores in the country.

The Little Boho Bookshop

Nestled downtown in the main street of Broadway, Bayonne, New Jersey, The Little Boho Bookshop opened its doors on July 31, 2017. Born with a focus on kids, pre-teens, and young adults content, the store now includes the most current best sellers.

Loyalty Bookstores

Loyalty was founded by Hannah Oliver Depp, a Black and Queer Bookseller who has spent her career working to diversify the book industry. Located in Washington, DC with a stand-along shop in downtown Silver Spring, MD, Loyalty aims to be the Mid-Atlantic's neighborhood spot for wonderful books and unique stationery, gifts, and programming. 

Brave and Kind Books

Brave and Kind Books is a thoughtfully curated neighborhood kids bookshop that offers a unique selection of inclusive, classic, artful stories, creative workshops, story clubs, and special gifts. Located in Decatur, Georgia.

Da Book Joint

Da Book Joint is a Black woman owned business born on the southside of Chicago committed to literary growth and the positive engagement of the youth.

Sankofa Video Books & Café

Named after the internationally acclaimed film, Sankofa Video, Books & Café was founded in 1998 by filmmaking couple, Haile and Shirkiana Gerima. Located in Washinton, DC, the store specializes in videos and books about people of African descent around the world.

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore

Sister's Uptown Bookstore is the only Black owned bookstore and cultural center in Manhattan for 16 years. 


EyeSeeMe African American Children's Bookstore was created in order to help bridge the cultural divide, so that African American children can benefit from exposure to literature that respectfully mirrors themselves, their culture and their families. Located in University City, Missouri, EyeSeeMe is the only children's bookstore devoted exclusively to promoting positive African American Images and African Amreican History while advocating for Academic Excellence.

Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature & Culture Museum

Best Richardson African Diaspora Literature & Culture Museum is a non-profit Independent, Veteran and Woman-owned museum, bookstore, and gift shop. Located in Tampa, FL the museum provides customers with educational artifacts and information on African Diaspora literary and cultural history.