Black bookshop owners urge others to embrace the opportunity for change

Black bookshop owners urge others to embrace the opportunity for change

Carolynn Bain, founder and owner of Afrori Books, believes bookshops have the “opportunity to change the world—one book at a time, one person at a time”. Speaking to me in vibrant technicolour via a WhatsApp video in this wonderful new asynchronous world we inhabit, Bain—who opened Afrori Books, the first Black-owned bookshop in Brighton, in October—explains that setting up shop during the pandemic was incredibly challenging. “I’m one person who decided to follow a crazy dream because I wanted to see equality. That’s a massive challenge, because while I strive for equality and a more level ...

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