The Free Black Women’s Library

Black and white photo from the mid-twentieth century of a black woman librarian.

The Free Black Women’s Library is a Black Radical Feminist social art project that centers and celebrates Black women writers, artists, activists and thinkers. TFBWL is created by interdisciplinary artist, yoga teacher, set decorator, and cultural worker, OlaRonke Akinmowo. It features a monthly Reading Club and a collection of over 3000 books written by Black women and Black nonbinary authors. It also offers free monthly public programming including workshops, interviews, readings, and radical conversation. Says OlaRonke, “Through this work, I aim to illustrate the transformative power of books and community, while lifting up the brilliance, creativity, and diversity of Black women. The ultimate goal is to have a Bookmobile and Reading Room that can serve as a resource and safe space for the community to work, write, rest, create and dream.”

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