Hakim's Philadelphia Bookstore
Specializing in African-American History
Dawud Hakim, was a prominent African American scholar, author, lecturer and publisher who established Hakim’s Bookstore in the late 1950's in West Philadelphia. Mr. Hakim also owned and operated a bookstore in Atlanta, Georgia.
His consuming passion for health and education led him to open his first bookstore in the late 1950’s in West Philadelphia. His thirst for knowledge and information about the history of African Americans increased after reading books by the late J.A. Rogers, including 100 Amazing Facts about the Negro and The Five Negro Presidents, books still carried in the store today.
At that time it was virtually unheard of to stock books that exclusively addressed the history and culture of African Americans and Mr. Hakim was the first such entrepreneur in Philadelphia and one of only a handful in the country.
Dawud Hakim lost his battle with cancer at the age of 65 on April 27, 1997. He died too soon and is greatly missed by his family and many friends. His daughters and granddaughter continue the legacy. Stop in and visit Hakim’s, all are welcome and we look forward to seeing you.
Note: The above descriptive information came from the store's About Us page.
In The News
- Step inside Hakim's Bookstore, Philly's first and oldest African-American bookstore, ABC-6, July 27, 2020.
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