#MarginsBookstores is a celebration of bookstores owned and managed by and for BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Disabled, and Neurodiverse communities.
This is a community collaboration coordinated by The Word | A Storytelling Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization fighting for cultural equity through the literary arts. Authentic cultural representation leads us in understanding what the world is and can be; stories lead us in imaging the tomorrow we need. To learn about the current lack of equitable representation in literature and how you can help uplift expression from marginalized communities visit www.thewordfordiversity.org.
A message from The Word:
The Word is based in the city of Denver on the homelands of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Araphoe peoples in the area known as Colorado which was traditionally home to at least 48 contemporary indigenous communities, each of which has made innumerable contributions to our region. We recognize that the map in this work has taken its form through genocide, theft and forced removal. We acknowledge that these lands are unceded and continue to be indigineous lands.
We recommend the following resources as a starting point for learning how we may each work to stop perpetuating systems of oppression and erasure:
Information about the Southern Ute Indian Tribe: www.southernute-nsn.gov
Information about the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe: www.utemountainutetribe.com
National Congress of American Indians, www.ncai.org
Native Land Digital, www.native-land.ca
The Native Governance Center, www.nativegov.org
LANDBACK Movement, www.landback.org
Find contemporary and historical native children’s books bibliographies: www.cynthialeitichsmith.com