Bookstore grand opening in SE DC ends “book desert”

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The grand opening ceremony was held this past weekend for Mahogany Books, a bookstore in Southeast D.C., bringing an end to the so-called "book desert" east of the Anacostia River.

"Anacostia had not had a bookstore for 20 years and so it was important and critical for us to be in this space, in this community," said co-founder Ramunda Young.

Young co-founded the store online in 2007 with her husband Derrick Young. They opened up its brick-and-mortar location on 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE in November, but waited until February, Black History Month, to hold their grand opening.

"Because of the significance of what it means of having all these books that represent our long history, our culture, our heritage," said Derrick Young. He said the store focuses on selling books about the African Diaspora. "People can walk in and see books that don’t just talk about slavery, don’t just talk about civil rights. Talks about Africa pre-colonialism, talks about Ethiopia, talks about the great kings and queens of Africa."