Solange Supports A Black-Owned Bookstore And Its Local Community While In DC


As if we needed another reason to love Solange. While in Washington, D.C. for the Peace Ball, the musical artist and carefree black girl muse stopped by Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, a local Black-owned bookstore to meet fans.

Solange originally wanted to speak at Howard University; however, the institution was closed for the inauguration. Therefore, she asked the bookstore if it would host instead. 

According to Washingtonian, one of the owners of Sankofa, Shirikiana Gerima, says that Solange’s decision to come to the store had symbolic meaning for members of the black community as it faces an uncertain future in the Trump era. The bookstore has been open since 1997 and specializes in books about people of African descent around the world.

I’m so happy to meet all of you guys but just remember, through the midst of it all, to always look upward and forward. We have the power in this room, in this space, and amongst each other. Seeing all you guys here is confirmation. It’s really confirmation for me because I needed to see that and I needed to know that the work we are all doing counts.
— Solange

Some of the books Solange bought for attendees were Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Solange said one of her favorites on Sankofa’s shelves was Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles Blow.

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