Black Worldschoolers Mobile Bookstore is a bookstore on wheels and serves as Indianapolis’ first mobile bookstore focused on providing titles by African American and minority authors.
The Black woman-owned, liberation-centered bookstore shares stories that uplift Black life, Black heritage and Black joy.
“We are a one-of-kind bookstore on wheels sharing stories that uplift Black life, Black heritage and Black joy. Our mission is to create access and awareness to Black stories as well as excitement and engagement around reading. So, we’re like a bookstore with ice cream truck energy,” said Natalie Pipkin.
“[We’re] sharing stories that are too often and intentionally left off the shelves: Stories that shape the way we think, see ourselves and see each other. When I go to schools, I don’t see them on the shelves, and they exist. I get my books from the same place any bookstore does,” said Pipkin.
In a world where African Americans are inundated with negative imagery, stereotypes and false history about Black people around the world, Black Worldschoolers disrupts the dominate negative narrative that seeks to destroy how Black people see each other and themselves.
With the help of her two sons, Pipkin said they read and curate a selection of books that can serve as mirrors for all children and communities to reflect while providing windows to look into someone else’s world.
The bookstore launched June 18, 2022, to provide a safe, welcoming space.
Shop their specially curated bookshop for all ages and visit their website HERE to learn how you can bring their book bus to your city!
This minority business highlight was composed by Jade Jackson at the Indianapolis Recorder, who can be reached at (317) 762-7853 or via email at JadeJ@IndyRecorder.com.
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