Ramunda Lark Young of MahoganyBooks Honored with 2020 Women Who Mean Business Award by Washington Business Journal
WASHINGTON - Oct. 9, 2020 - PRLog -- The Washington Business Journal has honored MahoganyBooks co-founder and owner, Ramunda Lark Young with its 2020 "Women Who Mean Business Award." Since 1999, the annual "Women Who Mean Business Awards" recognizes the region's most influential women making a positive difference in their communities through entrepreneurship, professionalism, civic engagement, and community leadership. With hundreds of nominations pouring in from exceptional women from all over the Washington, D.C. region, 25 women were selected for this year's award. Ramunda was inducted into this year's distinguished class on October 7, 2020.
"In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and nationwide "Black Lives Matter" protests, the mission of MahoganyBooks is more evident," stated Ramunda Young. "We are more than a bookstore. For many customers, our virtual space is essential to interacting with other community members and being a part of thought-provoking discussions with powerful writers of color about racism and social justice. Not only do we offer books written for, by, or about people of the African diaspora, we've hosted more than 200 events each year from business masterclasses, summer reading initiatives for youth, to financial workshops, community author talks and publish your book sessions, open to all."
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, entrepreneurship and community is a part of Ramunda's DNA. Inspired by her family's work ethic and the historic Black Wall Street in her hometown, Ramunda was motivated to establish an annual "Books for the Block" summer reading campaign where MahoganyBooks donates books to local youth to promote literacy. To date, close to 1,000 books have been given away to youth.
Ramunda is a sought after speaker who connects with students throughout the DC area encouraging them to pursue education and to consider becoming an entrepreneur She also presents at corporate organizations by sharing the crucial importance of Black literature.
Started in 2007 by husband and wife, Derrick and Ramunda Young, MahoganyBooks is the fastest growing online bookstore for people of the African Diaspora. It has grown from being exclusively an online bookstore to opening the doors of their first award-winning physical location in the historic Washington, DC neighborhood of Anacostia. Over the years, MahoganyBooks has connected thousands of readers to writers for exciting and thought-provoking literary events with the likes of U.S. Representative John Lewis, Walter Mosley, Chimamanda Adichie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Misty Copeland and D.C.'s "Mayor for Life" Marion Barry among others.