Black-owned Newark bookstore prepares to reopen

A Newark book store that serves the Black community is almost ready to reopen its doors.

News 12 Staff

Jun 23, 2020, 12:59 AM

Updated 1,399 days ago

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A Newark book store that serves the Black community is almost ready to reopen its doors.
“It’s one of the best things we could have ever done – is open up a bookstore in Newark,” says Source of Knowledge founder Dexter George.
The shop is preparing to welcome customers once again after the COVID-19 pandemic forced a closure on March 10.
The owners are now waiting on Newark officials to complete an inspection before the shop can reopen.
Established 30 years ago, Source of Knowledge specializes in African American literature and art.
“Our African history is a legacy that’s supposed to be passed down from generation to generation,” says George.
“Everything is to be reflective of who we are, our history and where we plan on going in this world,” says co-owner Masani Barnwell George.
The owners say that serving the community has become part of the store’s culture, such as the “read-and-feed” program.
“Where each child that comes there between 0-18 gets two or three books of their choice and a hot meal,” says co-owner Patrice McKinney.
The shop has struggled because of the pandemic, as well as damage from recent rioting surrounding the George Floyd protests.
“These are some of the issues. We’re fighting so many different demons,” McKinney says.
But the owners say that they are focusing on a brighter future.
"Source of Knowledge has been in this community for over 30 years and we plan on being here for 30 more,” says Barnwell George.
The shop has set up a GoFundMe page to help keep it afloat during the pandemic crisis.


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