This September, outside a boutique store in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, members of the Well-Read Black Girl book club sat in a misshapen circle of folding chairs on the sidewalk. The sky was gray, rain minutes from spilling over onto the diasporic spread of bantu knots, dreads, twist-outs, wash-and-gos, afros and braids below; one woman covered her pressed hair with a scarf in anticipation.
Well-Read Black Girl started as an online community in 2015, when Glory Edim launched an Instagram account where she posted writers’ quotes and shared the books she was reading. She was inspired by a gift from her longtime boyfriend: a T-shirt emblazoned with a custom crest that included the names of some of her favorite writers — Gloria Naylor, Maya Angelou, Octavia Butler — and, in academic font, his endearing name for her: Well-Read Black Girl.
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