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Fundraising launched to save Britain’s first specialized black bookstore “New Beacon Books”

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A fundraiser has been launched to save New Beacon Books – Britain’s first black bookstore and publishing house.

Since its inception in Finsbury Park, north London in 1966, New Beacon Books has played a pivotal role in the development of the Black Education movement and the Black Complementary School movement. It is also one of the current voices calling for the decolonization of the curriculum.

New Beacon Books is now the only independent black book publishing and selling entity in the UK.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns that followed, the organization saw “a marked decrease in footfall and related revenues”, putting financial pressure on the store. As a result, they will close the physical store and move online only.

A fundraiser on Crowdfunder has now been launched with the goal of preventing the store from closing and helping the development of New Beacon Books in the future.

In a statement, New Beacon Books said it would use the donated funds to meet the “immediate needs” of the organization. He also said he was open to “the possibility of acquiring alternative premises, large enough to accommodate publishing, book sales, writers in residence, public programs and community events consistent with the objectives and the mission of New Beacon Books “.

Speaking on the prospect of closing the store, Professor John – an award-winning Grenadian writer – said: “[New Beacon Books] remains a big part of the story of the adaptation of British society to its historic black presence. Keep it and develop it for generations to come.

For more information on New Beacon Books and to support fundraising, click here.