Bookstores in Kansas City focused on blacks and culture was forced to move


After learning, she must leave the building that was used as the home of Willa Robinson, a bookstore focused on her rare African-American for the past six years — Owner of Willa’s Books & Vinyl — Still looking for a new place.

She says her store is one of dozens of companies in a high-rise office building at 1734 E. 63rd St. in the Citadel district of Kansas City and is facing relocation in the coming weeks. It was. But she has promised to keep a physical store in her neighborhood, she told the star on Monday night.

“It’s important to have a black bookstore in this community, otherwise I can go home,” Robinson, 79, said with a laugh.

Robinson’s store focuses on books featuring black literature and history. According to her, this is the only book that specializes in rare African-American books in the Kansas City region, and an estimated 95% of the books in her store are about blacks and African diaspora.

Inspired by her own large personal collection, her store sells thousands of books.

A few weeks ago, Robinson said he discovered that the building had changed hands after his husband read about it in the Kansas City Business Journal. She has never received a letter that the building will be placed under new ownership, she said, but she said she probably had months before she needed to be installed elsewhere. think.

Earlier this month Robinson GoFundMe Campaign Online.. It is intended to pay for moving costs and perhaps the first part of the rent she needs to reopen in a new space.

“That’s our roots,” Robinson said of the building’s small business tenant. “And we have to find a place to move. Some people stay there for a long time. Some people have already started moving. But you know, things will happen. You will move again. I didn’t mean it, but it might be a good thing. “

Star Luke Nozicca contributed to this report.

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