News: Black-owned bookstores vital

Originally published February 20, 2008 by Will Brown, Tallahassee Democrat

Amen-Ra’s preserves culture, serves as gathering place

Overall book sales may have climbed 7.4 percent in 2007, but that has not kept some large and small black-owned bookstores from suffering. Maryland-based Karibu Books, a well-known black-owned book chain that closed its last store Feb. 10, is the latest and greatest example.

Sharon Dennard frequently visited Karibu when she was in the Washington, D.C., area. She and her husband, Dana, are owners of Amen-Ra’s Bookstore in Tallahassee.

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