Here's a quick overview of our history. Check out our 'in the news' page to read more in-depth articles about our story.
Black Pearl Books is a black-woman-owned independent bookstore in Austin, TX. We are a family-run business whose mission is to promote - diversity, inclusion, and representation - through literature.
HERE TO SERVE A
Multi-Cultural, Multi-Generational, Multi-Socio-Economic Community
BUILT TO PROMOTE
Diversity, Inclusion, Equality & Cultural Awareness
FOUNDED ON ONE PRINCIPLE
Love One Another as I Have Loved You
BEHIND THE NAME BLACK PEARL
A mysterious rare gemstone symbolizing
independence, strength, wisdom, wealth, prosperity, love, and hope
Outside of pearls representing my birth month of June, black pearls represent so much of who we are and strive to be as a bookstore: independence, strength, loyalty, and healing. Legend has it that black pearls symbolize wisdom and knowledge which is apropos to our story. Some cultures believe black pearls are a symbol of hope, while others believe they carry healing powers and protect from negative energy. The rare black pearl (a.k.a. the Queen of Pearls) represents everlasting love, which aligns with our founding principle - Love One Another as I Have Loved You (John 13:34).
How could I have chosen anything else – what other name would have been as fitting?
Thank you for sharing in our story. We know you have many purchase options and are extremely grateful for the opportunity to service you and be your book retailer of choice.