Black-owned bookstores want action after influx in business

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A renewed focus on social justice in the wake of police killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd has seen sales soar at Black-owned bookstores around the country as customers seek out knowledge from their own communities.

The stores have always served as a community space for Black people to gather and educate themselves and their communities about their culture and history.

"People have this sense to be educated on what is happening in the country and what led up to this point," Nervis said of protests and community tension in Phoenix. "We carry a lot of books about social commentary, history and books written by Black authors. I think that is part of the reason why we've seen a dramatic increase in our book sales."

"I've seen increases in demand before. There was a bump during the Civil Rights Movement and during the Black Power Movement. People were searching for information. There was interest around the time Roots came out too." Donya Craddock, co-owner of The Dock Bookshop in Fort Worth, Texas, said she could attest to the correlation.

Craddock opened The Dock Bookshop with her sister, Donna, in 2008. The store serves to educate people about Black history and culture through books, in-person events and other programs. It is one of the largest Black-owned bookstores in the Southwest. "From June 2 until about July 25 we received from 75 to 150 orders a day," said VaLinda Miller, who runs the store with her best friend Arrylee Satterfield.

 

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It's just common sense. Ali Nervis, stated, 'It's wonderful that Black people are wanting to support Black people.' I agree. Just like it's wonderful when White people want to support White people. Moral of story is that it is good when people support their own. Thanks CTV!

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