6 Black-Owned Book Publishers

March 24, 2011  |  

You don’t have to look hard for predictions of the end of the publishing industry.   Frightening stuff if you’re a book lover, especially one for whom a book still means paper and a spine.   For now, however, presses continue to bring books to market.  Here are six African-American publishers who remain in the trade, committed to sharing high-quality literature and non-fiction to challenge and inform.

Third World Press

Haki Madhubuti entered the world of book peddling on a Chicago street corner.   At one dollar a pop he sold 600 copies of his poetry collection in a single day.   When a $400 literary award came through, he formalized the enterprise, purchasing a mimeograph machine, and with the aid of two friends, set up shop in his basement apartment.  The year was 1967 and it wasn’t long before Madhubuti, a lead figure in the Black Arts Movement, was distributing the work of his contemporaries — Gwendolyn Brooks, Sonia Sanchez and Amiri Baraka among them.  Scholarly works joined literary texts, the result of which is one of the most extensive rosters of progressive black thought in the world.

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  • Jack Mcguire

    How does an 84 year old white guy find someone to publish a 16 thousand word manuscript entitled
    The Son of a Bigot. A white guys thoughts on racial relations from the 1940’s to present day America.
    Anyone knows of that someone, contact mcguirejack155@gmail.com

  • Sonia James

    MVmedia out of Georgia?

  • ealston01

    I am looking for an editor fo a book project. If anyone knows anyone please contact me at ealston1927@gmail.com

  • Donald E. Anderson

    Woman of Color

    © Donald E. Anderson

    The most

    Beautiful face

    A man can

    Ever see

    Is that of innocence

    The most curvaceous

    A man can ever touch

    Is that of grace

    The most intelligent

    A man can

    Ever be around

    Is that of mercy


    What does a man

    Do with so much?

    He keeps his eyes on

    So that his

    Heart… is

    Not enlarged

    By lust


  • Guest

    What about P.R.A. or Favortwou Publishing in Georgia?

  • Marc Trujillo


    My name is Marc Trujillo and I am a writer. I am Latino-American that believes that Black-Americans and Latino-Americans should be friends.

    I have a novel that I have worked carefully. I call it, Day in the Life of Francisco Garcia. It is the story of the American imprisonment of Mexican Nationals without documentation in America, and also a Latino-American that is in prison for trying to help them.

    I think it should be published, especially now that tension make this a topical issue. Would you like to read it to consider publishing it? Thank you for your attention.

    Marc Trujillo

  • Also check out The Elevator Group, http://www.TheElevatorGroup.com. I'm an African American woman who started and has run this independent publishing company since 2006.

  • isaac petway

    i intend to send you a copy od my books; i ssincerely hope that you will assist me.

    Mena Amenra

  • Prissy

    I LOVE this list!

  • Robert

    Yo, what about Atlanta's own Supreme Design Publishing? http://supremedesignonline.com/
    Releasing products, books and stuff geared for the hood and getting our people to read about stuff they otherwise wouldn't read about.

    How ya'll just gon' bring up six, when this imprint is coming up fast releasing the hotest books and products. #cmonson