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A community store

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Ujamaa Community Bookstore opened its doors on June 19, 2021, to fill a void left in the community when the Flanner House Public Library closed several years ago. Our desire is to be a welcoming and energetic space for patrons to gather, but more specifically, to provide resources for learning, culture, and empowerment for all who seek it. 


Ujamaa is an independent Black-owned bookstore, that houses an ever-growing collection of books for sale to engage readers of all ages. Named to represent one of the seven pillars of Kwanzaa, Ujamaa means cooperative economics.  Our aim is to encourage and foster entrepreneurship opportunities in the community.  Our bookstore retails many different items such as fragrant oils, incense sticks, handcrafted jewelry, art, candles, and greeting cards, all by amazing Black business owners and artisans.  The mission of Ujamaa is to be a valued resource where everyone in the community feels empowered to learn, grow, and build wealth together.

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