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Kansas City bookstore celebrates Juneteenth with block party

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A Kansas City bookstore celebrated June 19 and a year in business with a block party on Sunday. More than 200 people turned out for the block party on 39th Street to see more than 20 vendors of black-owned businesses, live music performances and local authors. Cori Smith is the owner of Blk + Brwn – a bookstore created to amplify the voices of authors of color. It officially opened its doors a year ago, on June 16. Smith said she was happy to provide space for the community to celebrate the holiday. “I just wanted people to be able to see the really dope people who are part of this ecosystem – the people who are getting ready for this city, who need the love, will return the love and are really part of this community,” said said Smith. She said her inspiration will always be community first. “I wanted everyone to be welcome,” Smith said. “I wanted it to feel like it was a celebration for us to exist.” Cory Lampkin Jr. was one of the vendors at the block party. He is an author at AfroDemiks, a publishing house promoting creativity, representation and healthy living. He said he was happy to have been able to share Juneteenth and Father’s Day with his 3-year-old daughter. “It’s been a great experience. I’m happy to be able to spread the education and to be able to show him that you know how you can be your own boss, be an entrepreneur, etc.,” Lampkin Jr. said. neighborhood lasted five hours and took place at the corner of 39th Street and Baltimor. th Ave.

A Kansas City bookstore celebrated June 19 and a year in business with a block party on Sunday.

Over 200 people attended the block party on the 39e street to see more than 20 vendors of black-owned businesses, live music performances and local authors.

Cori Smith owns Black + Brown – a library created to amplify the voice of authors of color. It officially opened its doors a year ago, on June 16.

Smith said she was happy to provide space for the community to celebrate the holiday.

“I just wanted people to be able to see the really dope people who are part of this ecosystem – the people who are getting ready for this city, who need the love, will return the love and are really part of this community,” said said Smith.

She said her inspiration will always be community first.

“I wanted everyone to be welcome,” Smith said. “I wanted it to feel like it was a celebration for us to exist.”

Cory Lampkin Jr. was one of the vendors at the block party. He is an author with AfroDemiks– a publishing house encouraging creativity, representation and healthy living.

He said he was happy to have been able to share Juneteenth and Father’s Day with his 3-year-old daughter.

“It’s a great experience. I’m happy to be able to spread the education and to be able to show him that you know how you can be your own boss, be an entrepreneur and things like that,” Lampkin Jr. said.

The block party lasted five hours and took place at the corner of 39e Baltimore Street and Avenue.