Black-Owned Bookstores to Support in Detroit

We sure hope you’re taking the time to discover new books about anti-racism and standing in support of black authors. It is vital to support local black-owned bookstores in the process. Lucky for us, out of the copious amounts of bookstores around here, some of the best black-owned bookstores in the country are right here in Detroit.

While there are a number of online and black-owned bookstores out there that are available, at Detroit Mom we love to keep it local. Below are three locally beloved, black-owned bookstores currently open and operating online.

One small way to make a positive impact and be an active ally is to support our locally treasured black-owned businesses…

Black-Owned Bookstores in Detroit:

  • Black Stone Bookstore | (734) 961-7376 | 214 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti
    Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center is an independent Ypsi shop specializing in African-American books. They opened November 2, 2013 in hopes of bringing awareness to true African-American literature and culture. Many of their books’ subjects cover African culture, religion, and urban fiction. In compliance with new regulations designed to slow the spread of COVID-19, Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center is temporarily closed. They are currently accepting orders on their website or via email, telephone, or Facebook. Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center aims to be a place where “journalists, writers, professors, students, and bona fide lovers of African-American literature and culture will find a spot of solace in the heart. We host author readings, book clubs, poetry nights, and childrens story times.”
  • Detroit Book City | (248) 993-3844 | 24361 Greenfield St #305, Southfield
    Detroit Book City is a small, independent book store that specializes in books, media & events for the African-American consumer market. They carry new and gently used adult and childrens books such as self-help, black-consciousness, spiritual, how-to’s, urban fiction, memoirs, biographies & much more. Detroit Book City puts on an African-American Family Book Expo—an exciting one day event designed to preserve literacy in our community—at the family level. Enjoy a winter afternoon with over 60 talented, Black indie authors of adult and childrens books. Detroit Book City is temporarily closed for in-store purchases. Please support the store by shopping online. They’re currently offering free shipping on most book titles.
  • Source Booksellers LLC. | (313) 832-1155 | 4240 Cass Ave #105, Detroit
    Source Booksellers, an independent bookstore in Detroit’s Midtown district, hosts a unique niche of non-fiction books. They offer books and unusual sideline items that enhance your life and your lifestyle. Source Booksellers is currently offering three ways to place an order during COVID-19 including online anytime, over the phone and in store Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (If you call after hours, leave a message for follow-up.) or by email at [email protected]. Be sure to arrange your pickup date. When you arrive, they will place your order in the red box outside and confirm it is you arriving for pick up. Please note, special orders are not available for pick up. They can also mail your order to you with free shipping. It’s up to you and it’s just that simple! If there’s a book you’re interested in that you don’t see online, email and they will add it to the online store for purchase to be mailed directly to you.

We encourage you to please support these great local businesses. As our state is moving toward fully opening, the above information is subject to change.

Are you looking for more local black-owned businesses to support? Check out our list of restaurants for some delicious fare!


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