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Johari Amini, Carolyn Rodgers, and Haki Madhubuti founded the Third World Press to promote the writing of Africa and the African Diaspora. The largest African-American independent press in the U.S., it has published works by Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Sterling Plumpp, and Sonia Sanchez, just to name a few.
Known as the largest independent black-owned press in the United States, Third World Press focuses on publishing culturally progressive and politically charged books of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and other genres. In 1967, founders Haki R. Madhubuti, Carolyn Rodgers and Johari Amini launched the Third World Press as an outlet for African-American literature from the basement of a South Side apartment. By 2007, the company grew to be a multi-million dollar operation, having published works by Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize, as well as Sonia Sanchez, Sterling Plumpp, and many others. The mission of Third World Press is “to always honor black writers and artists and to celebrate artists of all cultures.”