Charnice Milton Community Bookstore/Social Art and Culture
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The Charnice Milton Community Bookstore at We Act Radio, 1918 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE in Historic Anacostia, is a project of the non-profit Social Art and Culture. CMCB serves a deep book and literacy desert, an area that went without a bookstore for over 25 years. In its first year, CMCB has collected 11,000 books to share with the community and provided more than 800 young scholars with free books. Next: an outdoor free book shop to keep young readers engaged during the summer. Since our opening, we've been joined, just around the corner, by Mahogany Books, specializing in African and African diaspora reading. CMCB remains the only general interest bookstore east of the Anacostia River. As we continue to grow, CMCB holds periodic events, on site and around the community, to provide local youth with books to build their home libraries. In addition, we sell adult books locally for nominal fees and are working toward an on-line collection to sell donated adult books at market rate in support of our local literacy efforts. The bookstore is named in honor of Charnice A. Milton, a journalist who lived and worked East of the River in Washington, DC. She loved books and worked with words. Milton (6/19/87– 5/27/15) was shot to death in Southeast DC while returning from an assignment; she, and her community journalism, is missed by many. This bookstore honors her legacy by promoting literacy, which we know is correlated with lower rates of crime and violence, in her name.