LISA SMALLS – The Meaning of Knowledge Bookstore

The Meaning of

Knowledge Bookstore

My experience with one of Ontario’s leading and prominent Black bookstore’s, is one rooted in a pathway that has contributed to the development of a strong sense of personal, cultural, and historical identity.

The small brown bricked home/bookstore on the south side of Queen St, east of McLaughlin Rd., in Brampton, has become over the decades an integral aspect of not only my life, but the lives of its community members, by providing a space for its customers to access and exchange in African and Caribbean material goods and services, as well as place to engage and share experiences, thoughts and cultural traditions.

Knowledge Bookstore is physical evidence of how a small local business can flourish through time to contribute to the growth and development of its community members, which span beyond its property boundaries across different geographic regions within the Brampton and surrounding areas that intersect with diverse cultural groups.

It is also a public space, and an institution that has become the nucleus of community building, education, training and social interaction, which has contributed in the advancement, encouragement, and support of Black family, and intellectual life. More importantly, throughout the years it has become a valuable landmark to t

It is also a public space, and an institution that has become the nucleus of community building, education, training and social interaction, which has contributed in the advancement, encouragement, and support of Black family, and intellectual life. More importantly, throughout the years it has become a valuable landmark to the Black community with significant cultural value and interest to its people that goesbeyond its collection of story books, research material, novels, gifts and memorabilia centered on Black heritage.

It is a central cultural and educational hub that gave me an opportunity to attend insightful Black history courses and communityevents that have become the main catalyst for my educational pursuits at the University of Toronto in the anthropological study of the African and Caribbean diaspora.

he Black community with significant cultural value and interest to its people that goesbeyond its collection of story books, research material, novels, gifts and memorabilia centered on Black heritage.

It is a central cultural and educational hub that gave me an opportunity to attend insightful Black history courses and communityevents that have become the main catalyst for my educational pursuits at the University of Toronto in the anthropological study of the African and Caribbean diaspora.

Such a platform laid down by Knowledge Bookstore has enabled me to connect with a wide and diverse group of individuals, organizations and groups from different, yet similar backgrounds and experiences, all contributing to my understanding of local, national and international histories of Black heritage and culture.

To me Knowledge Bookstore is a dynamic cultural site that continues to evolve, and adapt in serving the ever-changing needs of its extended communal family. Such a Black establishment is linked to representations of familiarity, comfort and belonging. It has been a place where I can go to study, learn and interact with local and descendant members of the area. And lastly, it symbolizes Black existence and place, elements of cultural identity essential, and valuable in affirming and legitimizing our Black presence within a diverse social Canadian landscape.

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