(National Harbor, MD, August 5, 2021) —Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks will join MahoganyBooks co-owners Derrick and Ramunda Young, to celebrate the grand opening of its flagship bookstore with a Black Books Matter Block Party at National Harbor located in Prince George’s County, Maryland. County Executive Alsobrooks will also issue a special proclamation during the celebration. MahoganyBooks will also be joined by Prince George’s County Councilmember Monique Anderson-Walker (District 8), CEO of Prince George’s County Maryland Library System Roberta Phillips, and Founder of Black Classic Press Paul Coates. The event will take place on Saturday, August 7, 2021, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:00 p.m.
“MahoganyBooks is excited to become the newest destination in Prince George’s County for Black literature. For over 13 years, our mission is to promote reading, writing, and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love, and ultimately our communities. We will continue to provide a space that elevates Black authors and Black books of the diaspora,” stated Derrick Young, co-owner and co-founder of MahoganyBooks.
“This has been a phenomenal year for MahoganyBooks. We started the year hosting President Barack Obama during our virtual book club, and now we’re opening our flagship store in Prince George’s County, MD. Our upcoming grand opening is a testament to the support of our MahoganyBooks family,” said Ramunda Young, co-owner and co-founder of MahoganyBooks.
“We are Prince George’s Proud to welcome MahoganyBooks to Prince George’s County, and we are excited that they chose our County as the location for their second bookstore,” said Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks. “MahoganyBooks has been an important leader in Black literature in our region and across the nation, and we look forward to working with them to help inspire the next generation of readers, writers and leaders in our County.”
Book signings are scheduled throughout the day with national and local authors:
- Kwame Alexander, The Undefeated (Caldecott Medal), The Crossover (Newbery Medal)
- Christine Platt, The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less
- Tiffany Aliche aka “The Budgetnista,” Get Good With Money
- Author Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature
- Comic Book Author David Crownson, Harriet Tubman Demon Slayer Series
MahoganyBooks is an award-winning New York Times reporting bookstore specializing in books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora. Husband and wife duo Derrick and Ramunda Young founded MahoganyBooks in 2007 as an online bookstore. In 2017, MahoganyBooks opened its first physical location in the historic Anacostia community in Washington, D.C., becoming the first bookstore to do so in over two decades. In January, President Barack Obama virtually surprised members of the MahoganyBooks & Very Smart Brothas Book Club.
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Started in 2007 by husband and wife, Derrick and Ramunda Young, MahoganyBooks is the fastest growing online bookstore for people of the African Diaspora. It has grown from being exclusively an online bookstore to opening the doors of their first physical location in the historic Washington, DC neighborhood of Anacostia. Derrick and Ramuda’s love for culture, community, and connection and their desire to see books empower others as it had empowered them. Over the years, MahoganyBooks has connected readers to writers for exciting and thought-provoking literary events with the likes of the late U.S. Representative John Lewis, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Misty Copeland, Gabrielle Union, and D.C.’s “Mayor for Life” Marion Barry among others.
About National Harbor
Situated on the historic Potomac Riverbanks and just minutes from the nation’s capital, National Harbor is a waterfront resort destination unlike any other. National Harbor is home to eight hotels, including two of Maryland’s Four Diamond rated hotels—Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center and MGM National Harbor. Also within National Harbor is Tanger Outlets’ 85 designer brands. The vibrant Waterfront District at National Harbor features boutique shops, restaurants, entertainment options along picturesque promenades, the iconic Capital Wheel, a 180-ft observation wheel, and the Guide by Cell outdoor art gallery tour. National Harbor typically welcomes more than 14 million visitors a year. For more information, visit www.NationalHarbor.com.