A Black Owned bookstore literary agency located in Hamden, CT designed to celebrate social justice, marginalized communities, and Black culture, inspired by the Founder's Great Grandfather, civil rights activist and entrepreneur Russell Bingham.
Bingham’s Books & Culture is a literary agency and bookstore focused on centering community care and inclusion.
It is meant to promote and keep America’s social justice histories of the 1960’s era current in the collective consciousness of the African American community. For this reason it is named in honor of the founder’s great grandfather Russell Bingham, Bingham was a WWI Vet, Entrepreneur, and Civil Rights leader who, after experiencing racism from his own countrymen during the war of WWI, returned home and took action to organize his community for better political representation. He organized the community of Newark New Jersey, specifically, its black community, which resulted in successfully electing the city’s first black Mayor, Ken Gibson. He was a soldier stationed in the 369th Infantry, more commonly known in history as the Harlem Hellfighters.
Bingham’s is also meant as a Safe Space for booklovers to gather and Bookstore where authors, artists and other organizations can come together to promote and sell their work and also increase access to literacy rich opportunities for public school children in the New Haven community. It is intended to foster a life-long love of learning by carrying texts that reflect the demographic of the community for children and specifically centering the needs of blacks and people of color.