Resist Booksellers vows to 'inspire thinkers to go out in the world and leave their mark'

Poet Paula G (Paula Akinwole) hosts an open mic and poetry night at Resist Booksellers in Petersburg, Virginia.
Poet Paula G (Paula Akinwole) hosts an open mic and poetry night at Resist Booksellers in Petersburg, Virginia.

Local, independent bookstores have never been more important. With fair access to literature under political attack, bookstores are a bulwark against censorship and an asset to the communities they serve.

Each week we profile an independent bookstore, discovering what makes each one special and getting their expert book recommendations.

This week we have Resist Booksellers in Petersburg, Virginia.

Resist Booksellers started as an online venture and evolved into a hybrid brick-and-mortar and digital seller, serving the community with an inspiring approach to literature.

At the core of Resist Booksellers' mission is a commitment to uplifting Black and minority voices in literature. The store curates a collection of literary works and bookish accessories from authors and vendors who represent the diversity within the community and focus on the specific needs of the predominantly Black residents of Petersburg.

“We started Resist Booksellers because we believe the change we want to see in this world won't happen on its own. We exist to fuel up our customers' passions, their dreams and to help them live greatly,” says owner Demetrius Frazier.

The bookstore encourages customers to challenge norms, forge new paths, and create safe spaces where their unique sparks can shine brightly. “We do more than just sell books. We inspire thinkers and doers to go out in the world and leave their mark.”

One of the standout features of Resist Booksellers is its Early Reader section, a space dedicated to the youngest members of the community. The books in this section are displayed with covers facing out, ensuring that every child who enters the store sees characters and heroes who look like them. For Resist Booksellers, every child deserves to see themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read.

“Independent bookstores like Resist Booksellers pump life into the communities they serve,” Frazier said.

Resist Booksellers holds an open mic and poetry night every second Friday of the month. A professional poet (like Paula G. earlier this year), performs alongside local talent.

Check out these books owner Demetrius Frazier highly recommends for checking out today or pre-ordering:

●          "All About Love: New Visions" by bell hooks

●          "The Reformatory" by Tananarive Due

●          "Welcome to the Basement: An Upside-Down Guide to Greatness" by Tim Ross

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Black-owned Resist Booksellers wants readers to 'leave their mark'