Celebrating the Life and Mourning the Passing of Lloyd Hart Jr
Co-founder & Owner, The Black Library Bookseller
March 20, 2008
Lloyd was a incredible person who will always be remembered and missed. The literary world is losing an irreplaceable soldier and a true friend. Lloyd supported and helped so many African American authors stage their voice to an audience. He wasn’t just the co-founder and owner of The Black Library Booksellers, but a pioneer in the Urban Book movement that bridged the gap between traditionally published authors, small press and under promoted self published authors. His down to earth spirit and hard work ethic made him a gem in the literary industry.
When I first met Lloyd 4 years ago after contacting him to do a booksigning at the Black Library Booksellers, he helped me carry and unload my books to sell that day. He knew I was shy and green when it came to promoting, so he grabbed customers for me and would say, “Did you meet Nishawnda, she is a talented local author signing her books today.” From then on, I not only built a business relationship with Lloyd but I came to call him my friend. He later would help me contact authors for the Boston Book Bazaar, introduced me to Carl Weber and was the Bookseller vendor for the Boston Book Bazaar every year. That is how I will remember him, always supportive, always down for a sistah, always unselfish and kind.
The literary community has lost a great man. And I will miss him dearly.
Author of Wives and Girlfriends and Love Me Not
Celebration Of Life Service
Lloyd E. Hart jr.
Morning Star Baptist Church
1257 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, Massachusetts 02126
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wake: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Funeral service: 11:00 a.m.
Reverend Dr. John M. Borders III, Officiating