When the beloved Simba Sana released the news that all Karibu Bookstore chains would be closing, a moment of silence seemed to be felt on the net . The news was released by the PORT OF HARLEM MAGAZINE by Publisher Wayne! The question arises, “What does this mean for the state of black publishing when the largest chain closes down?” This is certainly a very sad moment in literary history. Karibu Books was instrumental in promoting books sales of primarily African-American books.
Karibu simply addressed its customers with a heartfelt and well detailed letter stating,
“After 15 years of service within the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Karibu Books, a Black bookstore chain will be closing its doors. We sincerely thank each and every one of you for your patronage and support. We are optimistic that our mission to empower and educate through a comprehensive selection of books by and about people of African descent will continue to resonate within the communities we proudly served.
Since 1993, we have been blessed to help thousands of local, regional and national authors share their incredible stories of faith, hope, love, peace, politics and race. We cannot begin to express our gratitude for the countless authors who have graced our six stores and enriched our customers lives.
On Sunday, January 27th, We will be closing our Security Square (Baltimore, MD) and Forestville locations. The remaining locations, Bowie Town Center, The Mall at Prince Georges and Iverson Mall will close on Sunday, February 10th. Our Pentagon City store is already closed.
Effective immediately, all inventory at all locations will be 50% off. All fixtures will also be available for purchase on February 10th. See individual store managers for more information.
Again, we respectfully thank you for your loyalty, laughter and love. What an honor and privilege it has been to serve our community!