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Meet Asha Grant, the Black Woman Who Raised $83K to Open Her New Bookshop

With the help of strangers, this Black woman will be able to fulfill her dreams of creating a safe space for other book lovers in her community. As a young girl, finding books written for girls who look like her by Black women authors was not an easy feat for Asha Grant. “When I was growing up, reading was a really huge part of how I got to understand myself,” Grant told NBC Los Angeles. “There’s a huge disservice that our entire community gets when there is an entire group of people who are missing from that narrative.” Fast-forwarding to adulthood, Grant used her passion to change this narrative by helping to provide books written by Black women for those in her community through her participation with The Free Black Women’s Library in LA. Grant would haul hundreds and hundreds of books penned by Black women around in her car. The organization eventually led to her idea of creating a bookshop catered to the same cause — providing people in her home city of Inglewood with not only...

Jan 7, 2021