Mustafaa Shabazz opened Ujamaa in 1997 and seeks to uplift the Black community through literacy and centers Black readers as the subject of their reality. For almost 30 years, the bookstore has been a staple for the community and one of few Black-owned bookstores in the state. Today, the bookstore remains a resource for knowledge, especially for children, for subjects like Kwanzaa and other historical events and celebrations. Through Ujamaa, Shabazz provides economic opportunities for young people and champions the power of literacy as the way to build strong families in the Black community. Additionally, all purchases support their Juneteenth Ohio Festival.

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