About Us


 The MahoganyBooks Team (L-R: Ramunda Young, Mahogany Young, & Derrick Young)


Our Vision

MahoganyBooks is an online bookstore that believes in social entreprenuership. We take a leadership role in the African American community promoting reading, writing, and cultural awareness as tools to improve communities as well as enrich the lives of motivated individuals.

Our Mission

MahoganyBooks is dedicated to meeting the literary needs of readers in search of books written for, by, or about people of the African Diaspora.

Our Story

At its roots, MahoganyBooks.com is an online bookstore that specializes in books written for, by, or about people of the African DiasporaStarted in 2007 by an enterprising husband and wife duo in the Washington DC area, MahoganyBooks is the result of Derrick and Ramunda's love for literature and their desire to see it empower others as it has empowered them. With over 20 years of combined experience in the retail book industry, they have witnessed its high's and low's. That practical knowledge has given them the insight needed to develop a new bookstore model that capitalizes on today's technology while staying true to the independent community bookstore roots that define the core values of MahoganyBooks.

Over the last few years MahoganyBooks has grown from being exclusively an online bookstore to being the go-to bookseller for community book events featuring African American authors in communities ranging from Manassas, VA thru Washington DC and Baltimore, MD, reaching as far north as Philadelphia, PA and Atlantic City, NJ. Just recently MahoganyBooks was recognized by emPower Magazine as one of their 2014 emPower Players for our efforts to promote literature as well as the support we provide to many notable literary organizations of the Washington DC area like Go on Girl! Book Club and the Hurston Wright Foundation.

However, for Derrick & Ramunda, they are most excited for the impact that their family run business has had, not only, on local children through their give-back program, Books for the Block, but also the zeal for reading and entrepreneurship their daughter Mahogany has developed through her exposure to the MahoganyBooks enterprise. This is the knowledge that keeps the MahoganyBooks team motivated to grow, innovate, and serve.

Thank you for visiting our website, we look forward to earning your business and meeting all of your literary needs.

Our Location

We located inside of the Anacostia Arts Center at 1231 Good Hope Rd., SE Washington DC 20020. Our phone number is (202) 844-2062.