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Black history is more than a month at this store


Black history is more than a month at Everyone's Place African Book Store and Cultural Center. All year the entire panorama of African and African-American history and culture is celebrated here.

Owners Tabia and Nati Kamau-Nataki have filled the space with books, artworks, jewelry, clothing and accessories from the diaspora.

Sculptures from Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Kenya, Zambia and South Africa are featured as well as more functional pieces. There are also indigenous musical instruments from Africa -- drums, finger pianos, koras and balafons. "We get a lot of requests from dance groups but people also just like to have them in their homes," says Ms. Kamau-Nataki.

Ms. Kamau-Nataki notes that some pieces of African sculpture are under $10, although other pieces are museum-quality. There is also art by African-Americans.

For Black History Month, there will be an African Childrens' Day February 22 from noon to 4 p.m. The event will include art projects, videos, games, gifts and storytelling. Call for information about other events.

Everyone's Place is located at 1356 W. North Ave. The hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The telephone number is (410) 728-0877.

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