Third World Press

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Third World Press
Founded 1967
Country of origin United States
Publication types Books
Official website

Third World Press is the largest independent black-owned press in the United States.[1]

In December 1967, Haki R. Madhubuti met with poet and activist Carolyn Rodgers and Johari Amini in the basement of a South Side apartment in Chicago to found Third World Press, an outlet for African-American literature. By 2007, the company continued to thrive in a multi-million-dollar facility. Over the years, Third World Press has published works by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Gwendolyn Brooks, as well as Sonia Sanchez, Sterling Plumpp and Pearl Cleage.[2] The publisher has focused on publishing culturally progressive and political works of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and cross-genre work. The list of authors published by Third World Press also includes Amiri Baraka, Margaret Walker, Sam Greenlee, Naomi Long Madgett, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Mari Evans[3] and George E. Kent[4]

In 2006, The Covenant with Black America, with introduction by Tavis Smiley, reached No. 1 in the New York Times Bestseller list.[5]

In May 2011, Third World Press developed and launched, which replaced the former leverages the heritage and technological spirit for which Third World Press has come to be known. Under the direction of Haki R. Madhudbuti, Third World Press has embraced social media and the prevalence of eBooks, while upgrading its internal technologies to better serve customers of Third World Press.

See also[edit]

African-American book publishers in the United States, 1960-1980


  1. ^ Amy Alexander, "Tavis Smiley's Covenant", The Nation, September 18, 2006.
  2. ^ Little Known Black History Fact: Carolyn Rodgers
  3. ^ "Third World Press celebrates 40th anniversary.", Ebony, December 1, 2007.
  4. ^ Bless and the Adventure of Western Culture, Third World Press, 1972 (ISBN 0-88378-026-7)
  5. ^ "'The Covenant with Black America' reaches No. 1 on New York Times Best Seller list", Jet, May 8, 2006.

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