Una Mulzac

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Una Mulzac (April 19, 1923 – January 21, 2012) was an American bookseller and founder of the Liberation Bookstore, a prominent African-American bookstore specializing in political and Black Power materials and was located in Harlem.[1][2]


Mulzac was born in Baltimore, daughter to Hugh Mulzac, a socialist and the first black commander of a ship in the United States merchant marine. She grew up in Bedford–Stuyvesant, where she graduated from Girls' High School.

In 1963, Mulzac moved to British Guiana; after fighting for revolution, she was injured in a bomb attack.[citation needed] [3]

In 1966, she moved to Harlem; in 1967, she opened Liberation Bookstore.[1] Mulzac was on the executive board of the Harlem chapter of the NAACP.[4]

Her grand nephew is Sharrif Simmons, a poet and songwriter.[5]

Further reading[edit]

  • Joshua Clark Davis, "Una Mulzac, Black Woman Booksellers, and Pan-Africanism," Black Perspectives, September 19, 2016.
  • Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, Harlem Is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, Little Brown, 2011, ISBN 978-0-316-01723-7.


  1. ^ a b Douglas Martin, "Una Mulzac, Bookseller With Passion for Black Politics, Dies at 88", New York Times, February 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Davis, Joshua (September 19, 2016). "Una Mulzac, Black Woman Booksellers, and Pan-Africanism". Black Perspectives.
  3. ^ "Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com. Retrieved 19 July 2017.
  4. ^ The Crisis. Mar 1958. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "interview". WBHM.

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