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Celebrate Juneteenth with Black-owned bookstores! Learn more

Saturday, June 19th, is Juneteenth: the commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, and the longest-running African-American holiday. To honor this historic day, we are shining the light on Black-owned bookstores, Black authors, and Black narrators. Check out these resources to celebrate, educate, and advocate!

Audiobook picks from Black-owned bookstores


Notes on Grief
Notes on Grief
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“As we are all entering back into a world of existence, many are left navigating their new world holding the unbearable weight of grief. Not only did the pandemic take away so much from so many, but for those left to live with the burden of guilt...or fear...or anger...or denial, their lives are forever transformed.”

Black Pearl Books
Austin, TX (Online)
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem
Dapper Dan: Made in Harlem
Daniel R. Day & Mikael Awake

“This book was engaging from start to finish. If you love fashion and hip hop this is a must-read! Free game!”

The Collective
Oakland, CA
The Sum of Us
The Sum of Us
Heather McGhee

“A view of America that needs to be understood for the country to continue to grow and prosper. Not enough work is done to address the history of racism in the country.”

Eso Won Books
Los Angeles, CA
You Are Your Best Thing
You Are Your Best Thing
Tarana Burke & Brené Brown

“[Recommending] because of the depth and range of stories, because of its Philly roots, because it made me laugh and cry more than once...because it is an ode to Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and because the editors are two dope, fly souls.”

Harriett’s Bookshop
Philadelphia, PA
Training School for Negro Girls
Training School for Negro Girls
Camille Acker

“Camille Acker captures so many moments of life in Washington, DC and the Black women's experience navigating our jobs, our streets, families, and gentrification. Celebrating Juneteenth needs to be rooted not just in its origins, but in its present reality too, and by taking us through the DC Black experience in time, Acker gives us that grounding.”

Loyalty Bookstores
Washington, DC & Silver Spring, MD
How the Word Is Passed
How the Word Is Passed
Clint Smith

“Smith takes us on a tour of monuments and landmarks that show us how slavery has been central to shaping our country's history. We delight in freedom from enslavement, but look deeply into its impact on the country and ourselves.”

Source Booksellers
Detroit, MI
The Warmth of Other Suns
The Warmth of Other Suns
Isabel Wilkerson

“I picked this book because it fills in the gaps of what we are not commonly taught about the widespread institutional neglect of generations of Black citizens post-slavery.”

Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books
Philadelphia, PA
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