The one good thing that happened on inauguration day came from the beautiful Solange Knowles. Solange made a surprise appearance at Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, a Black-owned bookstore in DC, and purchased 250 books for Howard University students.
The Washingtonian reports:
She originally wanted to plan a speaking event at Howard University, but when she found out the school was closed for the inauguration, she asked the bookstore if it would host instead. She announced the book giveaway on her Instagram just a few hours before it started. Hundreds of people, mostly from Howard, flocked to the store.
“I think that now more than ever we have to invest in community and fellowship,” Solange said as she greeted the crowd.
Some of the books purchased were Black Skin, White Masks by Frantz Fanon, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Nearly all of the store’s James Baldwin collection was bought out.
How dope is that?
Here are a few words Solange had for our future leaders:
“Just remember through the midst of it all to look upward and forward,” Knowles told the crowd. “And that we have the power, in this room, in this space and amongst each other. Seeing all of you guys here as confirmation is really confirmation for me because I needed to see that and I needed to know that the work that we are all doing counts. So I really, really just thank you so much for being here.”
If you’re in the DC area, go check out Sankofa Video Books & Cafe, 2714 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001.