New Beacon Books: Crowdfunder launches to save UK’s first Black bookshop

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“From 1966 until the present day, New Beacon Bookshop has fought to platform Black writing that is all too often excluded from mainstream literary discourse. It has been an honour to work with the directors to fundraise and plan for its future development to provide community and educational initiatives.

“As a young mixed race Caribbean woman of colour, I never feel more affirmed and held, than I do when I spend an afternoon at the New Beacon Bookshop surrounded by the work of writers who uplift Black voices and stories.

“It is a second home. A heartbeat. A legacy that we must protect now and in the years to come. Thank you for all the support thus far, and please continue to share our campaign.”

In the statement directors Janice Durham, Professor Gus John and Michael La Rose – John’s son – said: “In order to meet its financial commitments, New Beacon Books…

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