The Black Feminist Bookshop needs YOUR help

This radical and vital space for black women is growing and wants your voice! All they need is 10 minutes of your time...

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Ever dreamed of a bookshop where you could browse books and discuss vital texts that were focused on black women’s stories? Where Alice Walker’s The Color Purple and Zadie Smith’s White Teeth populated the shelves with Angela Davis’ Women, Race & Class? Then, you should get behind the brilliant Black Feminist Bookshop.

Angela Y. Davis - Freedom is a constnt struggle

It’s the creation of digital consultant Dee Creative who said the bookshop was her ‘lifelong goal’, a place dedicated to stories for and by black women. She describes herself as ‘an intersectional black multidisciplinary creative, and a passionate advocate for racial justice and gender equality’. Since last January, after a hugely successful crowdfunder, she’s gone on to bring her pop up to independent bookshops including Housmans in Kings Cross, while also launching the sell-out Black Feminist Week featuring speakers including Emma Dabiri, author of Don’t Touch My Hair, and Aviah Sarah Day of East End Sisters Uncut.

"While my main audience will be black women, I believe that everybody would benefit from engaging with black feminist texts, because as well as offering a radical perspective on resistance, resilience and perseverance, they also offer an opportunity to become better informed about race, gender and inclusion,” Dee wrote.

Your voice is needed!

With exciting events in the works for 2020, the Black Feminist Bookshop is after your thoughts on delivering what readers want.

An announcement on social media read: “The Black Feminist Bookshop is aiming to be a social enterprise and 2020 is the year we’re really starting to set in stone our business strategy, legal structure and business model. But to help us build a business that has the social impact we want (a space for all black women and girls, trans and non-binary people to feel safe, to organise, to resist, to learn and to grow) we need your help! Over the next few months we will be doing some market research including questions here on Instagram, online surveys, focus groups and feedback at our events. If we want to build a Black Feminist Bookshop that works for ALL of us, we have to build it together 🤝🏿. Our first survey is out now and we are asking you for just 10 minutes of your time to tell us what type of Black Feminist Bookshop YOU need. Follow the link below + in our bio and tell us what you want. This survey is open to everyone in our UK community - all identities and backgrounds.”

Black Feminist Bookshop 2020

Again the bookshop, which sells and is looking for donations of new and second-hand books, plans to run Black Feminist Week 2020, as well as hitting up a number of exciting events such as literary festivals, film festivals. A zine is also on the cards – so watch this space!

To fill out the survey go to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeHYrw3avgQadfGU0J4NSqvQUyQI6bvn06IN5kDInJnPMG3EA/viewform

Follow @blackfeministbookshop on Instagram.

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