Read Like Me: Wednesday, February 19, 2020

“THIS HOUSE IS PACKED WITH ALL THE FACTS ABOUT ALL THE BLACKS ALL OVER THE WORLD.” That’s what it says above our door. We own this place, this house-the National Memorial African Bookstore.

Today’s read is:

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Book Itch

In the 1930s, Lewis’s dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch―a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore.

And as far as Lewis Michaux Jr. could tell, his father’s bookstore was one of a kind. People from all over came to visit the store, even famous people―Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Langston Hughes, to name a few. In his father’s bookstore people bought and read books, and they also learned from each other. People swapped and traded ideas and talked about how things could change. They came together here all because of his father’s book itch. Read the story of how Lewis Michaux Sr. and his bookstore fostered new ideas and helped people stand up for what they believed in.

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Take care family,

Jasmine Joelle

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