Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Karibu Books Closes

This is truly sad news. Karibu Books, the Largest African American Bookstore Chain, will close. I don't know what to say. This is devistativing.

From Eisa Nefertari Ulen's Blog:
"Karibu Books, the Largest African American Bookstore Chain, Closes" —

After 15 years of service within the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Karibu Books, a Black bookstore chain will be closing its doors. We sincerely thank each and every one of you for your patronage and support. We are optimistic that our mission to empower and educate through a comprehensive selection of books by and about people of African descent will continue to resonate within the communities we proudly served.


Steven Williams said...

I agree that this is a troubling thing to hear. It seems to me that the only way to maintain a strong economy and polity is to maintain a strong diversity. There are so many small publishers and small books published by university presses. I think that it takes a variety of bookstore perspectives to ferret out and present books that are interesting, useful and representative of the black as well as other communities. The more corporate the distribution is, the more homogenized the presentation is. Good books can easily become lost among the mediocre ones.

Alan said...

"A Community's Bricks and Mortar: Karibu" Read it at

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