The opening of Mahogany Books was cause for celebration.

As the owner Ramunda Young told NBC Washington, it’s the first bookstore to open in D.C. east of the Anacostia River in more than 20 years.

Doors opened at the store in late November, but Young and her husband held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday to mark the occasion during Black History Month. The store stocks books “by, for and about the African diaspora” she told NBC.

What a day to celebrate the official grand opening…of a dream. From the DC Mayor’s office, to the councilmen, to all of our friends, family, authors, book industry fam and customers part of our village who make this dream a reality every single day. There simply are not the appropriate words to so many who believe in us, who support us in deeds and much more. To the community at-large who continue to say we’re glad you’re here and to all those little beautiful brown faces who walk into our store smiling at the picture books because the characters look like them….Thank you! Thank you for standing with us and believing Black Books Matter too! ………………………….. To New York Times Bestselling Author and award winner, Jason Reynolds (@jasonreynolds83) & style guru, journalist, & celebrity host Paul Wharton (@paulwhartonstyle) thank you for saying yes to being part of our celebration! You made the day that more spectacular. …………………………. Full size photos on our FB page …………………………. #MahoganyBooks #GrandOpening #MahoganyBooksF10 #blackbooksmatter #Ward8 #SEDC

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Mahogany Books, which is in the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road SE, is bringing literature to what Young calls a “book desert.”

Check out the schedule of readings and events here.

Read more on NBC Washington.

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