Four Dallas based Black-owned bookstores that are set to inspire and motivate other Black individuals to read more!
The Black Lit was started in a one-bedroom apartment by a Black woman with her small toddler. The foundation of the business was literally built on hard work and dedication while on a teacher's salary. Nia-Taylor Clark, the founder, offers books, clothing, apparel, Black-owned products, and more. You can even subscribe to her monthly subscription box that features Black owned authors and businesses.
Clark made her big move in 2022 by opening the Black Lit bookstore on 4050 McEwen Road, Suite 9105, in Farmers Branch, TX 75244. The store offers events such as story time, paint & sips, and book club gatherings. Black Lit prides itself on being curated for the people. Make sure to check them out!
Enda's BOOKtique's mission has been to deliver quality literature and merchandise to its customers, nurture community educational and literary programs, and support independent authors since 2019. The store is operated by CEO E. Jean. Not only is she a Black woman, but she is also an educator, bookseller, and chaplain. Talk about Black excellence!
You can find hardback and paperback books, digital books, merchandise, and educational products inside Edna's BOOKtique. Also, if you need a place to hold your events, study sessions, book signing, or lectures, Enda's has you covered. The store is at 428 N Main St in Duncanville, TX, 75116. Go stop by!
In 2000, Pan-African Connection was focused on bringing a high-quality bookstore to the South Dallas area. The space is also an art gallery and resource center. Originally, Pan-African Connection was founded in 1989 by the late Bandele Tyehimba. When he died in 2012, his wife, Akwete Tyehimba, took over.
The bookstore has a variety of books and apparel. Their reading selections range from women's history to non-fiction to children's books. Pan-African Connection believes that even the simplest products can make a big difference in customers' lives. Catch them at 4466 S. Marsalis Ave in Dallas, TX 752116. Don't walk, run!
The Dock Bookshop
The Dock Bookshop, established in 2008, is one of the largest fully operated Black-owned bookstores in Texas. Sisters Donya and Donna Craddock aim to inspire, inform, and entertain customers through books.
The store sells a range of things from audiobooks to music to greeting cards and everything in between! The Dock Bookshop is considered a best-selling bookstore, according to the New York Times and Dallas Morning News. Additionally, The Dock Bookshop streams a variety of local and national talk and music programs 24 hours a day from different communities through the Dock Radio App.
You can find the bookstore at 6637 Meadowbrook Drive in Fort Worth, TX, 76112. Drop in and show them some love!
Your support means everything
Each of these bookstores is on a continuous journey of uplifting and encouraging African-Americans, while building a community through books. There is so much knowledge and empowerment in reading. If you want to grow, you have to be in the know!
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