Marc Lamont Hill

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“Bookstores are dying!” “Black people don’t read books!” “You need to open downtown or in the suburbs!” These are some of the responses I received when I decided to open Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books. Still, TWO YEARS ago today, we opened up shop. I opened Uncle Bobbie’s because I believed in us. I believed that Black people deserved beauty. I believed that we have to build institutions in our own backyard. And I believed that the community would support us if we gave them our absolute best. Two years later, because of you, we are still standing. For every person who doubted our possibilities, there have been dozens more who supported the store, attended our events, and spread loving words. Thank you. The support of the community has been matched by the commitment of the Uncle Bobbie’s staff. Your sacrifices, hard work, talent, and professionalism have surpassed my wildest expectations. Thank you. And, of course, I want to thank my Uncle Bobbie for teaching and loving me so relentlessly. The store not only bears your name, but also your beautiful spirit. I pray that this offering has made you proud. Thank you. Praying for more growth, more community, and more anniversaries. Peace and Love, MLH

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