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Yes, it’s outside of the city proper, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include this historic book shop that was first founded by Drs. Raye and Julian Richardson in SF’s Fillmore District in 1960, and serves as the first Black-owned bookstore in the entire country. Now located on MLK Wayi in Oakland, you’ll still find a wealth of books paying homage to the global contributions of the African Diaspora, including literature, cookbooks, history, music, political science, and more, along with author talks, book clubs, poetry readings, and other similar events.

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