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About Us

Harambee Books & Artworks


Harambee Books & Artworks, an independent bookstore based in Old Town of Alexandria VA, serves the Washington DC metropolitan area with a wide selection of best-selling books, exclusive artworks, and fashionable apparels. We also provide educational resources, reading programs, and community-based events to improve literacy skills and foster parental engagement. Harambee Books & Artworks was conceived to achieve our mission of literacy education as a fundamental human right for all. The company's philosophy is to empower and educate people by providing quality resources and services. Come and browse our unique selection of books and hard-to-find classic literature by and about people of African descent. HARAMBEE, means "working together" in Swahili.

Although general bookstores and the largest chain stores may carry mainstream black literature and bestsellers, once a person wants to go deeper into culturally related inventory, including small press and independently published works, Harambee fills that niche. We maintain a 'Core' selection of literature and artwork focusing on African culture from ancient civilization to modern society, and other subject categories such as Brothers and Sisters, Race & Culture, Street Life, and Autobiography.

Community Commitment


Harambee's commitment to community extends to partnerships with institutions throughout the region. Our children's section is growing daily with the expressed goal of having one of the largest selection around. Our customers are a diverse group and our inventory include inspiration, politics, religion, economics, and healthcare selections pertaining to social justice and community awareness.

Please take a look at Harambee Books & Artworks, where we hope you will find an authentic expression of delight and want to come back and shop more.