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change their life in an instant.” Four months after her first pop-up, Victoria started the Black Lit Library in Nolia Family + Coffee; it’s bookstore that showcases and celebrates representation in now also located in Sarah P. Duke Gardens and The Durham Hotel, literature and amplifies Black voices, in May of last year. with a location coming to the Durham Public Schools’ Central The catalyst for the idea was a moment where she and her Office in August. These libraries aren’t open at the moment, but you husband, Duane Miller, spent 2.5 hours at a chain bookstore can place an order with Liberation Station for delivery. Victoria searching for titles that represented their Black sons, Emerson, 4, and also hosts a monthly virtual storytime with the North Carolina Langston, 9, and were only able to find five. They began to wonder what it would feel like to go into a “store with accessibility to narratives Museum of Art, where she is developing literacy programming for children of color. that you could just pick out like candy in a candy store.” “What our bookstore hopes to do for the community is to give a “We took the last $250 that we had,” Victoria explains. “We window into our life,” Victoria says. “There is no conversation, no purchased our first round of books and said we were going to open book you can read, to understand what it feels up a bookstore that didn’t have walls, that didn’t like to be a Black woman, a Black child, a Black have doors, but we were going to promote the V I C TO R I A’ S P I C K S man in this county, but what we can do is offer ideology of freedom.” She takes an alleyway, a tools to help you gain more compassion and hotel, a garden, “anywhere you can imagine” and • For the Kids “Thirteen Ways of Looking at empathy, which is the goal.” Victoria created transforms it into her bookstore. a Black Boy” by Tony Medina a Revolution and Juneteenth reading list on Victoria recognized that the purchase of and “The People Could Fly” her website for those interested in exploring a book is a luxury to many, and she wanted by Virginia Hamilton narratives related to our world today. to create a welcoming space where children • For Adults Victoria plans for Liberation Station to could read for free. “Each book is a mirror, “Cotton Candy on a Rainy continue to be a light and a resource for our and sometimes children are seeing themselves Day” by Nikki Giovanni and community and beyond. “What we do is always for the first time,” Victoria says. “We want to “Go Tell It on the Mountain” done out of love,” she says.  make that a special encounter, because it can by James Baldwin ictoria Scott-Miller opened Liberation Station, a pop-up

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The Best of Durham

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The Best of Durham

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