Barack Obama Visits Mahogany Bookstore


Publisher’s Note:  I met Derrick and Ramunda Young through my Public Relations ace Lee McDonald some time in the early 2000’s.  These are good people.  I was a new author at the time, but I had been using this platform to help black authors get wider recognition.  Derrick and Ramunda are socially conscious and they care deeply about the people in our community.  I will always find a prominent spot on this website and all of my social media platforms for MahoganyBooks.

Gary A. Johnson, Founder/Publisher (Black Men In

Check out the Tweet from former President Barack Obama.  Watch this video when former President Barack Obama “visits” the store.


Photo credit:  MahoganyBooks Owners/Founders (L-R: Ramunda Young, Mahogany Young, & Derrick Young) photo: Kea Taylor, Imagine Photography 

MahoganyBooks is a local independent bookstore that believes in social entrepreneurship.  Through the vision of their owners, Derrick and Ramunda Young, they promote reading, writing, and cultural awareness as tools to improve self-esteem, self-love and ultimately our communities to enrich the lives of motivated individuals.  After being an online enterprise for 10-years, in 2017,  MahoganyBooks opened a physical location in the Anacostia section of Washington, DC. 

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