‘We Always Rise.’ A Black-Owned Bookstore Navigates the Pandemic

Source of Knowledge has been a Newark mainstay for decades. It survived the past year thanks to the generosity of its customers and an owner who provides more than just books.

Dexter George, the owner of Source of Knowledge in Newark. More than a bookstore, it stocks tribal clothing, artwork and houses his self-taught framing business.Credit…Ben Sklar for The New York Times

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By Kevin Armstrong

NEWARK — Dexter George, the owner of Source of Knowledge, a bookstore on Broad Street here, wore a tool belt as he walked through aisles dotted with djembe drums and past walls lined with Ghanaian masks. Smoke coiled upward from a bowl of burning sage.

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