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Debate ~ Birth of the Black Bookstore Nation.. The Sixties or Reconstruction

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Join guest, BISHOP ABE OF SHRINE OF THE BLACK MADONNA CULTURAL CENTER & BOOKSTORE. Founded during the Civil Rights Movement the center is located on Detroit’s West Side just fifteen minutes from Detroit’s Cultural District. Listen as award winning StoryTeller, Bishop Abe reflects on her personal interactions with legends such as Rosa Parks,Dr. Henrik Clarke, Nikki Giovanni, Walter Mosely and Gladys Knight. Other topics: Underground Railroad and Tourism. The Shrine of the Black Madonna™ is home to the largest selection of African/African-American titles in Michigan with over three decades of serving the metro-Detroit area. Bishop Abe also shares the financial hardships of the Black Bookstore business in general. Visitors can peruse over 15,000 titles of books by and about the African Diaspora. We stock everything from Black theology and African History to the latest in fiction and children’s titles. As a specialty service, couples looking to add cultural kisses to their nuptials can choose from ethnic invitations, cake toppers, stemware, and meet with a certified wedding consultant. In addition to books, there is a great selection of handcrafted jewelry, African-inspired apparel, and music. This is truly a cultural oasis in the heart of Detroit.