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Africa World Press and the Red Sea Press

Africa World Press (AWP) and the Red Sea Press (RSP) exist as “sister presses.” They are regarded as major Black presses in the United States along with Third World Press in Chicago, Lotus Press in Detroit, Black Classic Press in Baltimore, and African American Images, also in Chicago. AWP and RSP are sister presses because together, they bridge the continents of North America and Africa, publishing the works of Africans and of Blacks in the African diaspora.

Publisher’s Background

Africa World Press was founded by Kassahun Checole in 1983 to fill the gap in Black publishing that had long existed in spite of presses such as Dudley Randall’s Detroit Broadside Press (1965–1985), which published Black poets but focused mainly on African American writers, ...

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