As a Black writer, I’ve always had an appreciation for literature and the importance of representation in art. Chicago’s only black woman-owned bookstore and gallery space, Semicolon Bookstore and Gallery is committed to nurturing the connection between literature, art, and the pursuit of knowledge; while also using the power of words to better our community. Please join me in my support of Semicolon Bookstore and Gallery and Chicago literacy and youth.

“Action is the ONLY catalyst for change. We’ll never be completely ready, but getting to the other side of our dreams, our plans, and ourselves cannot be accomplished without taking that first step forward. Let’s continue to support the magic, the finesse, and the audacity of Black women in all their glory .”

– DL Mullen, Proprietress of Semicolon Bookstore and Gallery

Feed CPS Students 6/3


Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson enacted a one-day suspension of meal pickup for students—attributed to “unrest prompted by the alleged murder of George Floyd.” On June 3rd, Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery is providing meals for CPS students.

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Purchase Books

“I don’t want to hear ‘I can’t believe this.’

I want you to read up on the history you’ve had the privilege to ignore.”

Purchase books featured in the Dorrell/Herndon Anti-Racism Stater Pack at Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery for delivery, curbside pickup, or in-store (socially distant).

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Reading is a revolutionary act.

Unfortunately, in times like these, it is also the last of worries on the mile-long list of Chicagoland families. Join Semicolon Bookstore & Gallery‘s commitment to ‘Changing the narrative‘ of literacy in Chicago and providing access to books for students who may not be able to afford them otherwise.

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