Skip to main content

BLACKLIT BookStore: Grand Opening!

It's official! We got the building...now, it's time to open up to the public.

$11,555
pledged of$75,000 goal
25
14Days Left
Fund it
Campaign Ends on October 8, 2022

Project Description

JW Grant Recipients

 

What is BLACKLIT?

Definitely,  not your average bookstore.

BLACKLIT is home to the first monthly subscription box to exclusively highlight both Black authors & entrepreneurs.

 

You may have seen us around. BLACKLIT has been featured in Oprah Magazine, BET, Good Morning Texas, The Dallas Morning News, Bloomberg, SUBTA, Erin On Demand, Esquire, and more!

 

Although there have been strides towards inclusion and diversity in the DFW Metroplex, there is still an abundance of work that needs to be done to address concerns such as representation, the literacy gap, and the opportunity gap. BLACKLIT is fearless and committed to doing the WORK.

The BLACKLIT Bookstore: A Black & Bookish shopping experience for the culturally conscious... Because literacy matters and representation matters, too. Owned by a Black woman. Located in Dallas, TX

 

Our goal with our first brick-and-mortar location is to curate

an in-person experience, where Black literature, Black excellence, and Black culture can be taught, explored, and celebrated.

Our points of emphasis are books, culture, community, and conversation. On a mission to eliminate the literacy gap, lack of positive representation, and the barrier to access that currently plagues the Black community, BLACKLIT intentionally curates resources and outlets that highlight Black culture and foster a love for literacy.

 

"Someone gifted me a BLACKLIT Box and I LOVED it! It was well packaged and everything included was of great quality. I’m so looking forward to using everything in my box! Also, the box was identity affirming and served as a gentle reminder to celebrate myself and other women of color in my village. I would highly recommend this box as a gift to yourself or a special person in your life!" -Paris B.

 

 

We are raising $80,000 to help us cover our opening and operating expenses.

 

Want to partner with us?

Interested in chatting with our CEO?

We would love to hear from you!

Please email us at [email protected].

Or, come hang out with us on Instagram (@iamblacklit) and Facebook !

Just want some more information? Looking to make a quick purchase?

Please, visit iamblacklit.com.

The Campaign FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

Where is BLACKLIT located?

Dallas, TX. 4050 McEwen Rd. It's right off of Midway Rd.

 

Who owns BLACKLIT?

BLACKLIT is proudly owned and operated by a Black woman. Nia-Tayler Clark, a proud HBCU alum and former high school English teacher, started BLACKLIT after one of her students said to her: "I don't read Miss. I'm Black."

 
I am not Black. Does that exclude me from getting involved and supporting BLACKLIT?


Absolutely not! One of the reasons why I started BLACKLIT was to highlight Black authors and entrepreneurs. These individuals are incredibly talented and would appreciate the opportunity to reach audiences beyond their own race. In addition, my prayer is that BLACKLIT helps close the racial divide by increasing representation in literacy. We welcome you with open arms!

 
When is the grand opening of the BLACKLIT Bookstore?

The grand opening is currently scheduled for July 2, 2022 from 12-6pm! Please come join us if you can.

 

How do I get my product inside the BLACKLIT Box or inside the store?

Please email us at [email protected] 

 

How can I partner with BLACKLIT ?

Please email us at [email protected]

Claire Skierski
08/20/2022
Mini Black Book Stack
$100
Nicole Price
07/02/2022
RSVP ME, Please!
$10
Nicole Price
07/02/2022
Black & Bookish.
$55
07/01/2022
Buy a Bookshelf.
$250
Jade Hunter
06/30/2022
RSVP ME, Please!
$10
Amanda Hernandez
06/13/2022
Mini Black Book Stack
$100
Reginald J Stuckey
06/02/2022
Fist Bump
$25
Audrey Sharif
05/25/2022
Black & Bookish.
$55
Malena
05/24/2022
Monetary Contribution
$5
Luke Mallinson
05/24/2022
RSVP ME, Please!
$100
Monetary Contribution

Want to help us fund the opening and daily operations of the BLACKLIT Bookstore and don't need anything in return?

This is the place for you!

Thank you so much for believing in us!

You believing in our mission to close the literacy gap and increase representation means the world to us. 

 

 

3 Supporters
Select this reward
2,500.00 USD
Buy a Bookcase.

Become a permanent part of our bookstore by sponsoring one of 20+ shelves from which thousands of parents, teachers, activists, and the general public will browse and buy books.

Sponsoring a bookshelf is a great way for individuals and organizations to reach a diverse audience and be recognized for your generosity.

This contribution includes: 

  • prominent placement of a sponsor plaque on your sponsored bookshelf/bookshelves.
  • your organization’s logo and message featured on BLACKLIT's website.
  • a digital shout-out on our Instagram page
  • a feature in our email newsletter with over 10,000 subscribers
  • 10% discount for you and members of your organization/association on all in-store book purchases
  • co-sponsor recognition at events held at The BLACKLIT Bookstore featuring topics relevant to your sponsored bookshelf
0 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Buy a Bookshelf.

You can't build a bookstore with no place to put the books! Help us by paying for a bookshelf.

You will receive:

  • A picture of your bookshelf and plaque displayed in the store.
  • a handwritten thank you card
  • a digital shout-out on our Instagram page
2 Supporters
Select this reward
350.00 USD
CEO Mama Masterclass.

Need help balancing entrepreneurship and motherhood? Struggling to wrap your head around around the concept of "getting it all done"?

Our Founder and her expert panel would love to help you sort it all out!

This event will be held in-person at the BLACKLIT Bookstore. You may also watch us live.

You'll get:

  • access to the exclusive 2-hour, CEO Mama Interactive Masterclass.

  • your own digital workbook so that you can follow along and use it as a resource once class is over.

  • a special edition of the BLACKLIT Box, just for CEO Mamas

  • access to our mini brunch bar on the day of the event. 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
An Open Book.

Ever wanted to sit down and chat with our Founder, Nia-Tayler Clark? Here's your chance!

Use it as a business strategy session, get some assistance balancing business and motherhood, pitch your book or product so that it can be included in our store or the BLACKLIT Box, or spend the time together discussing your TBR. It's your hour!

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Mini Black Book Stack

Looking to add some good Black reads to your library?

This reward will earn you:

  • 3 books written by Black authors
  • a digital copy of our #iamblacklit Reading Challenge
  • a digital shout-out on our Instagram page
3 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Books & Brunch.

Join us for a BLACKLIT Brunch with food, drinks, music, and good vibes.

Menu Options Include:

  • Shrimp & Grits
  • Chicken & Waffles
  • Vegan Crunch wrap
  • Bottomless Mimosas

In addition to your meal, you will also get a swag bag with a few special surprises with your purchase!

3 Supporters
Select this reward
55.00 USD
Black & Bookish.

Looking to add another book by a Black author to your bookshelf? Are bookish t-shirts your thing? If so, select this reward and you will receive:

  • a Books Are My Love Language t-shirt or crewneck (your choice). 
  • a digital copy of our #iamblacklit Reading Challenge
  • a digital shout-out on our Instagram page
4 Supporters
Select this reward
55.00 USD
BLACKLIT Kids Night In!

This one is for littles! Kids ages 4-8 are welcome to join us at the BLACKLIT Bookstore for a night filled with crafts, games, read alouds and more while our staff provides a safe and supervised environment.

Our first Kids Night In will be held on July 29th from 6-9pm. Your purchase also includes a BLACKLIT Shirt for your little. 

Currently ALL members of our staff are former educators, who have undergone extensive background checks and have years of experience working with children. 

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
RSVP ME, Please!

Pay what you can, and join us for our Grand Opening on July 2nd in Dallas. No pressure here!

5 Supporters
Select this reward

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Want to help us fund the opening and daily operations of the BLACKLIT Bookstore and don't need anything in return?

This is the place for you!

Thank you so much for believing in us!

You believing in our mission to close the literacy gap and increase representation means the world to us. 

 

 

3 Supporters
Select this reward
2,500.00 USD
Buy a Bookcase.

Become a permanent part of our bookstore by sponsoring one of 20+ shelves from which thousands of parents, teachers, activists, and the general public will browse and buy books.

Sponsoring a bookshelf is a great way for individuals and organizations to reach a diverse audience and be recognized for your generosity.

This contribution includes: 

  • prominent placement of a sponsor plaque on your sponsored bookshelf/bookshelves.
  • your organization’s logo and message featured on BLACKLIT's website.
  • a digital shout-out on our Instagram page
  • a feature in our email newsletter with over 10,000 subscribers
  • 10% discount for you and members of your organization/association on all in-store book purchases
  • co-sponsor recognition at events held at The BLACKLIT Bookstore featuring topics relevant to your sponsored bookshelf
0 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
Buy a Bookshelf.

You can't build a bookstore with no place to put the books! Help us by paying for a bookshelf.

You will receive:

  • A picture of your bookshelf and plaque displayed in the store.
  • a handwritten thank you card
  • a digital shout-out on our Instagram page
2 Supporters
Select this reward
350.00 USD
CEO Mama Masterclass.

Need help balancing entrepreneurship and motherhood? Struggling to wrap your head around around the concept of "getting it all done"?

Our Founder and her expert panel would love to help you sort it all out!

This event will be held in-person at the BLACKLIT Bookstore. You may also watch us live.

You'll get:

  • access to the exclusive 2-hour, CEO Mama Interactive Masterclass.

  • your own digital workbook so that you can follow along and use it as a resource once class is over.

  • a special edition of the BLACKLIT Box, just for CEO Mamas

  • access to our mini brunch bar on the day of the event. 

10 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
250.00 USD
An Open Book.

Ever wanted to sit down and chat with our Founder, Nia-Tayler Clark? Here's your chance!

Use it as a business strategy session, get some assistance balancing business and motherhood, pitch your book or product so that it can be included in our store or the BLACKLIT Box, or spend the time together discussing your TBR. It's your hour!

5 Left
0 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Mini Black Book Stack

Looking to add some good Black reads to your library?

This reward will earn you:

  • 3 books written by Black authors
  • a digital copy of our #iamblacklit Reading Challenge
  • a digital shout-out on our Instagram page
3 Supporters
Select this reward
75.00 USD
Books & Brunch.

Join us for a BLACKLIT Brunch with food, drinks, music, and good vibes.

Menu Options Include:

  • Shrimp & Grits
  • Chicken & Waffles
  • Vegan Crunch wrap
  • Bottomless Mimosas

In addition to your meal, you will also get a swag bag with a few special surprises with your purchase!

3 Supporters
Select this reward
55.00 USD
Black & Bookish.

Looking to add another book by a Black author to your bookshelf? Are bookish t-shirts your thing? If so, select this reward and you will receive:

  • a Books Are My Love Language t-shirt or crewneck (your choice). 
  • a digital copy of our #iamblacklit Reading Challenge
  • a digital shout-out on our Instagram page
4 Supporters
Select this reward
55.00 USD
BLACKLIT Kids Night In!

This one is for littles! Kids ages 4-8 are welcome to join us at the BLACKLIT Bookstore for a night filled with crafts, games, read alouds and more while our staff provides a safe and supervised environment.

Our first Kids Night In will be held on July 29th from 6-9pm. Your purchase also includes a BLACKLIT Shirt for your little. 

Currently ALL members of our staff are former educators, who have undergone extensive background checks and have years of experience working with children. 

 

0 Supporters
Select this reward
RSVP ME, Please!

Pay what you can, and join us for our Grand Opening on July 2nd in Dallas. No pressure here!

5 Supporters
Select this reward