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Black business of the day: New Beacon Books

PICTURED: New Beacon Books

NEW BEACON Books, in Finsbury Park, north London, was the first black bookshop and publishing house in the UK. Fifty-two years on, New Beacon Books is still in existence continuing to supply valuable learning resources to the community.

Founded in 1966 by Trinidadian John La Rose (RIP 2006), and his partner Sarah White, New Beacon Books found itself to be far more than a bookshop, being heavily involved in black activism, and in particular the struggle for the rights of those who emigrated to London.

Now, with the younger generation of the La Rose family at the helm, New Beacon Books continues to promote and support new and established writers of colour, and champion diverse representation in the world of literature.

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