#readingblack What it Means and Why It Matters

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s House: Saturday, June 1nd 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

The mission of #readingblack is to encourage everyone to read quality books written by Black people and to purchase those books from independent booksellers. We strive to develop strategies that will make it easier for book buyers to support our mission.

This workshop is a follow-up to the workshop, “The Impact of Amazon, Google, and Facebook on the Black Book Ecosystem,” which was given during the 2017 festival. In 2017 we discussed the problems faced by Black, bookstores, publishing companies, publishing professionals, and authors — the “Black Book Ecosystem.” This year we propose and explore possible solutions.

If you care about Black culture, who tells our stories, and who profits from the activity, then this workshop is for you. Troy Johnson will give a presentation that will last approximately 50 minutes, which will be followed by a question and answer session. Come share your ideas, and thoughts, and let’s uplift Black literature.

Presented by Troy Johnson

Troy Johnson is the founder and webmaster of (African American Literature Book Club). Started in 1997, is the oldest, largest, and most frequently visited web site dedicated to books by or about people of African descent. Johnson holds graduate degrees in business and engineering. Learn more about him at his website: