A Guide to Malcolm X's Harlem Image via Harlem World Blog

5. African National Memorial Bookstore

Address: 125th St. and Seventh Ave.
Status: Closed

An avid reader, Malcolm once proclaimed "My alma mater was books, a good library... I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity." Malcolm spent many a day inside this Harlem bookstore, sometimes opting to stay inside even after owner Lewis Michaux had left for the night, said A. Peter Bailey, the former associate with Malcolm's Organization of Afro American Unity.

"He spent many hours in there," Bailey said. "Sometimes (Micheaux) would just lock the door and just leave him in there." The bookstore reportedly boasted a collection of more than 200,000 texts, making it an important landmark for the civil rights movement. Apparently, Michaux called his Harlem storefront the 'House of Common Sense and the Home of Proper Propaganda'.

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