By Hannah Odonkor
Subedited by Jasmine Wing
The movement set up by the African American literature book club. Founded in 1997 by Troy D Johnson,
The African American literature book club is the largest oldest, most comprehensive, and most frequently visited website dedicated to books written by black writers from America, Africa and throughout the Africa diaspora.
AALBC encourages reading books written by black writers and purchasing those books from independent book sellers.It also strives to develop strategies to uplift the business and professionals who support black authors.
They are encouraging people to use the hashtag, #READINGBLACK to raise awareness of this movement.
“We are encouraging supporters of #readingblack to use the hashtag whenever you comment about books authors by black writers-especially on social media.This will help raise awareness of the effort.”
Visit aalbc.com to find out more about the movement and African American
literature book club.
Mel Hopkins, one of the authors affiliated with the movement, is a 10-year veteran Multimedia Journalist specializing social/consumer news; a commercial writer/editor with an emphasis on marketing communications, creative and technical writing. Before penning her debut novel, Sleeping with a D-Man: An Urban Fantasy Novel, Mel held several marketing & communication positions in finance, trade publishing, nonprofit and media. Read more about Mel here.
The movement also aims to shed a light on the effects of unrepresented black writers due to lack of recognition.