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Covington book store highlighting books written by Black authors

Black authors on display at Covington book store
Posted at 5:31 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 18:18:18-05

COVINGTON, Ky. — A Covington book store is highlighting Black authors every day during Black History Month in February, with displays showing off authors and literature the owner said are a necessity for everyone's reading list.

"There have been stories and histories that have never come to the floor before," said Richard Hunt, owner of Roebling Point Books and Coffee. "If we really think about unity as Americans, you have to consider the whole."

Authors like Nikki Giovanni, Jasmine Guillory, Sharon Draper and others sit in prominent spaces within the store.

Emily Webster, a book specialist for the store, said these voices often go unheard, because Black authors aren't as widely known or as widely published, compared to white authors.

"There are Black authors that have been published but we just need to find out about them so they can get more fans, so people can see how much richer the literary landscape can be when we include all types of voices," she said.

The book store posts the featured Black author of the day on their Instagram and Facebook pages, using #BlackHistory and #AmplifyBlackVoices.

"People are realizing that we really aren't as well off when we don't bring the minority voices forward," said Webster.

Some of the genres featured are fiction, non-fiction, sci-fi, romance and children's books.