Anti-racism books

As the country protests and marches and grapples with the consequences of systemic racism, many are turning to books to help them listen, learn, and change their thinking (and, hopefully, to change their actions). Below is a list of black-owned bookstores compiled and shared on Instagram by Duende District Bookstore (@duendedistrict), an account dedicated to sharing work by black and PoC voices, where you can find those books — and any others you're looking to purchase.

You've probably already found the many lists of reading materials curated by activists, but if not we'd encourage you to check out Duende District's own reading list on, as well as Ibram X. Kendi's (author of How to Be An Antiracist) list compiled a year ago. In addition, most of the below bookstores have their own specific curations on their websites.

Mahogany Books, Washington

Loyalty Bookstore, Washington and Silver Spring, Md.

The Lit. Bar, Bronx, N.Y.

Cafe Con Libros, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brian Lair Books, South Bend, Ind.

Marcus Books, Oakland, Calif. — Donate to the fundraise to keep them going through the COVID19 crisis here

Sankofa, Washington

Ashay by the Bay, Vallejo, Calif.

Eso Wan Books, Los Angeles

Underground Books, Sacramento, Calif.

Cultured Books, St. Petersburg, Fla.

MeJah Books, Claymont, Del.

Harriett's Bookshop, Philadelphia

Detroit Book City, Southfield, Mich.

Revolution Books, Berkeley, Calif.

Willa's Books, Kansas City, Mo.

Carol's Bookstore, Sacramento, Calif.

Dare Books, Longwood, Fla.

The Listening Tree, Decatur, Ga.

Book Boutique, Atlanta

Nubian Bookstore, Morrow, Ga.

Lushena Books, Bensenville, Ill.

Da Book Joint, Chicago

Between the Lines Bookstore, Baton Rouge, La.

Frugal Bookstore, Roxbury, Mass.

Olive Tree Books-n-Voices, Springfield, Mass.

Books and Crannies, Martinsville, VA

Eye See Me, University City, Mo.

Zawadi Books, Columbus, Ohio

Yoruba Bookstore, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Smith & Hannon, Cincinnati

Mocha Books, Tulsa, Okla.

The Black Reserve, Lansdale, Pa.

Turning Page Bookshop, Goose Creek, S.C.

Enda's Booktique, Duncanville, Texas

The Dock, Fort Worth, Texas

Black World Books, Killeen, Texas

Harambee Books, Alexandria, Va.

Riches in Reading, Maryland City, Md.

To help combat systemic racism, please consider donating to these organizations:

  • Campaign Zero, which is dedicated to ending police brutality in America through research-based strategies.
  • Color of Change, which moves decision-makers in corporations and government to be more responsive to racial disparities.
  • Equal Justice Initiative, which provides legal services to people who have been wrongly convicted, denied a fair trial, or abused in state jails and prisons.

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