BlackLIT is an intentional effort to motivate, highlight, reaffirm, and empower cultures who have been “blacklisted” from the classroom, specializing in making literacy appear relatable and relevant to students in the black community. We showcase educated men, women, and children of color who are black, literate, empowered, and strong! We do this to inspire younger generations and to keep a love for literacy present in our community.
BlackLIT currently operates as a mobile bookstore and online store, with supporters widespread around the United States. In addition to books, BlackLIT also offers apparel, accessories and monthly subscription boxes. All proceeds will be used to open up a bookstore in the DFW Metroplex to highlight authors of color.
BlackLIT is a community where those who have been misrepresented, underrepresented, and invisible in classroom literature are consciously uplifted.
BlackLIT is not meant to be solely exclusive to one race or community. Many minorities have been “blacklisted” from classroom literature. We want nothin less than to be their motivation to speak up too, without diminishing our own voice. We believe this will create well-rounded thinkers that can thrive together in society.
A positive, educational, cultural experience delivered right to your door! Each BlackLIT Box is bold reminder that literacy matters and representation matters TOO. Unfortunately, many students and adults in the black community are never exposed to empowering depictions of themselves in literature that are relevant and relatable. This increases low self-esteem, depression, and low literacy rates in our community.
Once your BlackLIT Box arrives, class is officially in session! Embrace and experience all your BlackLIT box has to offer, & don’t be afraid to share. Please join the BlackLIT family on Instagram and Facebook and engage in raw, intellectual, relevant conversations led by millennials.
- 1 or more books by an author of color
- 3-5 High-quality products from a black-owned business
- 5 Thought-provoking writing prompts
The BlackLIT box is a bi-monthly subscription that is valued at over $75; however, you get yours for only $39.99/month . Cancel anytime.
“I am who I am, because of what I have read.” : Nia-Tayler
I was 23 years old & Tahj (my son) was about 6 months when I came across my first collection of children’s books that were “by us, for us”. I had the pleasure of dining at BUSBOYS AND POETS in Washington, D.C., and to say that I was happy was an understatement. I honestly felt like a kid in a candy store as I stood amazed by how many characters “looked like me” in their mini library. I am sure my excitement to finally see a positive representation of myself had me glowing.
Suddenly, I was rudely interrupted when I realized how long it took me to actually get to this moment. I refused to let that be my son’s reality. Immediately, I gathered about 5 books for my son & the BlackLIT seed was officially planted.
As I returned to my classroom of 10th graders in Dallas, I soon realized that the lack of positive representation in underprivileged communities has driven the literacy gap wider than one’s eyes can see. I literally had a student tell me “I don’t read Ms. …..I’m black. It broke my heart to say the least; but, it opened my eyes.