Marcus Books Hackathon

1st Floor Auditorium, 762 Fulton Street
San Francisco , CA 94102


This Saturday, the first day of Black History Month, the campaign to Support Marcus Books kicks off a new phase with an afternoon hackathon at the African American Arts and Culture Complex. We’re getting together for a social media fundraising blitz to raise $1,000,000 dollars through crowd funding to keep Marcus Books in the Jimbo’s Bop City building for generations to come! Bring your phones, laptops, mobile devices, and tablets for an afternoon blitz for the Keep It Lit crowd funding campaign. We’ll be outreaching to the news media and our networks and friends in support of Marcus Books; Donate $20 in your own name and help 10 people do the same!

Marcus Books opened its doors 54 years ago on Fillmore Street in San Francisco’s historic jazz district. It has been located in the historic Jimbo’s Bop City building since 1981. A family owned business, Marcus Books is more than just a book store. It is a gathering place; it is a center for Black culture, but more importantly, Marcus Books is a community. Over the years, it has hosted authors such as Rosa Parks, Toni Morrison, Harry Belafonte, Maya Angelou, Oprah Winfrey, Amiri Baraka, Bill Cosby, Iyanla Vanzant, and many many more.

The Bop City building was once home to the one of the most innovative Jazz clubs in the country and now Marcus Books is threatened with the prospect of moving out. The Marcus Books community is waging a campaign to ensure that this does not happen, and you can help. The building was sold last year and the new owners are offering the store an opportunity to buy the historic landmark site. So far, we’ve raised more than half of our full 2.6 million dollar goal, but we need you to get us to the finish.

Please join us on Saturday! And Please RSVP! The African American Art and Culture Complex is very accessible from MUNI lines 5, 21, and 22. The address is 762 Fulton Street @ Webster. (Street parking only). We’ll be in the first floor auditorium.