Marcus Book Store is the oldest Black bookstore in the country and was named in honor of Pan-African proponent Marcus Garvey. Started in San Francisco by co-owners Julian and Raye Richardson in 1960 as Success Book Store, they expanded into a second location in Oakland in 1970 and changing the name to Marcus Books. There are murals on the side.
3900 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way (NE corner with 39th St)
M-Sat: 10am-6pm; Sun 10am-4pm
(call before going if you're almost at closing time as they may close early due to weather or lack of business)
Update: On December 13, 2014, Marcus books hosted Black Men Speak at Heart and Soul Center of Light which focused on the recent Black Lives Matter movement in conversation between Danny Glover, Delroy Lindo, Shabaka Henley. Photos and other details are posted on their facebook page.
Links and References
- Marcus Books Oakland (Official Site)
- Marcus Book Stores San Francisco Office (Outdated)
Marcus Books Is Making a Comeback East Bay Express August 31, 2011
Marcus Book Stores (Yelp)