Founder and owner Sekou Tafari is putting the International melanated community on notice, Frontline Books is at risk of leaving Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

Located at 5206 South Harper Avenue, nestled in the renowned Harper's Court, Frontline Books and Crafts flagship location has been serving the South Side since 2004. Originally established several miles north in the late 1980s, Frontline Books has been Black-Owned and proudly providing a wealth of priceless wisdom and information in Chicagoland for nearly 35 years.

One of the most notable names in the city, Frontline Books is not your typical book shop. It's a publishing house for authors, a haven for students of roots and culture, and a meeting place for lovers of literature. 
Frontline Books and Crafts offers new releases on health and wellness for the mind, body and soul, rare publications on Black liberation, and a virtual archive of hard to find classics. In addition to hundreds of different titles you can also find soaps, incense, body oils, candles, crystals, jewelry, flags, tribal beads, traditional African attire, and much more.

This store has had the special honor of being visited by Ethiopian Royalty such as Prince Ermias, the grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie I. Other noteworthy guests include Queen Afua, Sam Greenlee, Akua Njeri, Dr. Joy Degruy, Jackée Harry, Dick Gregory, Joe Jackson, creator of "The Jackson 5" and lecturer Dr. Umar Johnson to name a few.

Due to the devastating effects of the Covid pandemic, Frontline Books and Crafts is suffering from a significant loss of business. The rent is steadily increasing and has literally risen well over 400%. Please help us address this problem today!

The good people at Frontline Books and Crafts are asking for any monetary contributions, however large or small. For donations totaling $30, $50, and $100 you will get a book bundle in honor of your generosity.

Frontline Books and Crafts is truly "the shining jewel" of the Hyde Park community and has been educating generations of Chicagoans for decades.

Let's not lose this store!!!

Thank you for your contributions.

Book bundles pictured below.

Want to donate directly- the Official Cash App is $Saveourfrontline.

Want to visit instead of donating online? Please stop by today.
Frontline Books and Crafts
5206 South Harper Avenue, Chicago IL 60615
Open Everyday 10 am - 6 pm
"My people have not ever let me down."
                ‐ Sekou Tafari
Founder, Owner, and Manager
Written By: R. Norman


Frontline Books which have been a cultural staple on Harper Avenue, downtown Hyde Park for the last 18 years is now facing the threat of eviction due to the unkind effects of Covid 19 and now the rising inflation in our midst.  Frontline Books is the last of two (2) Black bookstores operating currently in the city of Chicago.  We are the longest standing bookstore to operate on this same premises in downtown Hyde Park.  We are the fourth (4th) in the line of Black bookstores to be housed at this said location for the last 35 years.  We need our community to assist by contributing to ensure we are able to ride out this rocky storm.  You can contribute by purchasing one of our many book bundles or coming to the location and purchasing any of our products available or contribute to Save Our Frontline Fund Initiative.  We are in need of your support especially since state, federal or city grants take a long time to get approved for small Black owned businesses operating in the United States, especially if you are not connected to political personalities or any of the two political parties.  THE STRUGGLE IS REAL AND IT CONTINUES.  Give thanks.

Ras S. Sekou Tafari
April 21, 2022

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