While working on a quaint romanic comedy called First Impression (Staring Lisa Arrindell Anderson, Lamman Rucker, and Kel Mitchell), I stumbled upon a hidden jewel in Atlanta's cultural cap. Shrine of the Black Madonna™ Cultural Center & Bookstore (“The Shrine™”) is one of the nation’s largest and oldest black-owned bookstores. In addition to their Atlanta facility they have celebrated locations in Houston, TX and Detroit, MI. The Shrine Bookstore is a non-profit institution that opened in 1970 with the goal of showcasing the creative talents of artists & authors of African descent and empowering people through educational workshops and cultural events. The business houses one of the largest selections of books related to the Black experience. The Shrine is also home to the Karamu Art Gallery™ and the Black Holocaust Museum™. This family owned business boasts a wealth of knowledge and wonderful stories. Be sure to check them out.
Address: 946 Ralph D. Abernathy Blvd SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
The have numerous cultural events for all ages and interest so be sure to visit their events page here.