Updated July 12, 2023

As the end of summer approaches, you may be in the market for notebooks, backpacks, and other supplies for the start of the school year.  As such there are culturally representative options from black owned brands. See the following companies and product links for more details.

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  • Not Afraid Novelties (advertisement) offers a diverse selection of thematic backpacks and lunch bags for boys and girls. Products are available in several sizes, and children with physical disabilities are included in their representation.

  • G & G Paper Co. has a selection of culturally representative spiral notebooks and back packs for children.

  • Innovative Supplies offers several themed spiral notebooks.  Different styles of paper can be selected (i.e., college and wide ruled).  Notebooks are handmade in the USA.

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  • Makeba Design and Prints offers a variety of supplies under their “products” category.  These include different themed pencil pouches, lunch bags, face masks, and backpacks.

  • NikNax Stationery has a selection of culturally themed notebooks for right- and left-handed individuals, as well as themed writing instruments. 

  • UR Revolution has diverse school supplies that highlight the inclusion of individuals with chronic illnesses or disabilities.  These include notebooks, backpacks, and laptop sleeves. 

I hope in reviewing these companies and products, you find school supplies that work for you.

Happy shopping!

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