October 13, 2013 - 1:00 PMMarcus Books
1712 Fillmore St. Free
For more than 50 years, Marcus Books has anchored the Fillmore District and served as a nexus of culture with its mission to provide book stock “by and about black people everywhere.” But this oldest of all US African American bookstores, and champion of authors from James Baldwin and Toni Morrison to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is in a fight for its own survival. In an afternoon devoted to passing the mic and the hat, authors, musicians, and civic leaders gather to testify and give back to the store they call home. With special guests Chinaka Hodge, Genny Lim, Rickey Vincent, and music by Ezekiel McCarter and Archbishop Franzo King, St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church. Reenactments and recitations of Fillmore and literary history by select students from Gateway Middle School and Meadows Livingstone School. Open house continues until 4 pm
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