Georgia “Mother Rose” West, Manager of Underground Books. Oak Park, Sacramento.
As African Americans, we got to make sure that our voices are heard. We wanted to bring art and culture to the Oak Park community. We wanted an African American bookstore where we could share our history, share our voices, encourage and educate people, and then have a community spot where people can meet, and book signings and authors coming in. Once that order came down and the pandemic hit, we're thinking, oh my goodness, what are we gonna do? And of course, we had to close. We started thinking we've got to make some changes if we want to survive.