Sister’s Uptown Bookstore Celebrates 24th Anniversary

Sister’s Uptown Bookstore Logo

By Marc W. Polite

Good evening, my readers. This weekend, I was fortunate enough to attend the 24th Anniversary of Sister’s Uptown Bookstore and Cultural Center. Founded in 2000, Sister’s Uptown is a space where many in the community gather for a greater purpose. For those who may not be aware, Sister’s Uptown is the only Black owned bookstore in Harlem.

Founded by Janifer Wilson, the store is a Harlem institution. On Saturday, June 29th, 2024, an all day celebration took place.

Total Equity Now Literature Table

Among those present were literacy advocacy group Total Equity Now, Poetry Speaks for Us, and the African Folk Heritage Circle.

WHCR radio host Rick Young facilitated a moving tribute to the memory of Brother Leroy Bailer, and members of the Harlem Writers Guild held a reading later in the afternoon.

This event was about properly recognizing the contributions of the Sister’s Uptown to the Harlem community. To 24 years of excellence!

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