The Barbershop Book Club began in St. Petersburg, Florida in 2016. Antonio Brown, Master Barber and owner/operator of Central Station Barbershop, launched the concept a year after opening the shop. With community-mindedness in his blood — Brown hails from long-time St. Pete influencers including a grandfather, Charion Brown, who ran recreation centers across the city, and a grandmother, Hermeen Murph, who spread love among the many neighborhood children she watched in her home as a babysitter — he took a creative path to impacting area youth.Contact us!
“Being a barber, you watch children grow up right before your eyes if they stay loyal to you and continue to come back to you as clients. I decided to try to take advantage of a niche that I didn’t see happening in this area.”Brown said he wanted to “tackle issues that I felt that were important and impactful, that I was passionate about.” He originally started the book club concept in 2016, focusing mainly on trying to help the children who came into the shop.
In 2020, the Barbershop Book Club sprouted the Community Barbershop program, and new barbershops throughout Pinellas County joined in the commitment to bring literacy to their youngest clientele.
President – JerJuan Green
Vice President – Lola B. Houston
Secretary – J.A. Morton
Treasurer – Christopher Hackney
Chief Program Director - Eric Vaughn