Young Liberian writer and entrepreneur Wayetu Moore has completed her bookstore in Monrovia, Liberia and she has some wonderful words of encouragement and inspiration to share!
In 2011, Moore founded One Moore Book a publishing house that develops and distributes books for children in countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures such as Guinea, Haiti and Liberia. She was born in Liberia and moved to America in 1991 with her family during Liberia’s civil war.
One Moore Book has partnered with notable Liberian writers such as Robtel Neajai Pailey and Patricia Jabbeh Wesley and also visual artist Chase Walker for the company’s Liberia Series of children’s books.
She recently wrote an inspiring message on Facebook about her journey to building her new bookstore:
“One year ago I visited Liberia, 24 years after immigrating to the US with my family. I was inspired by many things during my visit, but felt led to open a space where Liberians could buy and read the novels and poetry that rehabilitated me. Shortly after acquiring a space & returning to New York, Liberia was hit by Ebola in a huge and devastating way. I canceled my August trip to open the store and the space just sat there. I got lectures on how unstable Liberia is for grass-roots entrepreneurship, and was advised to abandon the project altogether. But God. Isn’t he good? Today I walked into my store and ran my fingers along the spines of those books that once saved me.
We talk ourselves out of living the lives we dream, out of taking leaps of faith. Those thoughts are lies–that you are not the right size, the right color, not educated enough, not rich enough, not connected enough, not beautiful enough. I was not born with much, but my parents always told me I have everything it takes to live fully, and to thrust some of that fullness back into the world, making it more beautiful. 1 year later and I’m in awe. So grateful to everyone who played (and plays) a role in the realization of this magical space.”
The store was created in collaboration with Moore Books, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds bookstores, libraries and reading corners that serve underrepresented groups.
Congratulations to Wayetu!
Location of the store: 120 Camp Johnson Road between Clay St. and Perry St.
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Photos: Wayetu Moore/One Moore Book