During a visit to Liberia, Wayétu Moore realized something was missing: bookstores.

After noticing the lack of spaces dedicated to literature, the Brooklyn writer and founder of One Moore Book, a boutique publisher of multicultural children’s books, wanted to do something about it.

Last year, Moore, who immigrated from Liberia to the U.S. with her family as a child, decided to open One Moore Bookstore, a first-of-its kind store in the country since the war.

While she set about bringing One Moore Bookstore to life, Moore’s dream was almost derailed by the devastating Ebola outbreak that swept across Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.


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Thankfully, Moore persisted, and recently opened the store in Monrovia. To help her run it, she’s hired two young Liberians to look after the shop when she’s in the States.


To make sure the One Moore Bookstore thrives, Moore set up a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization to accept donations. Learn more here.

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    This is an amazing, glorious story. This story proves that no one can underestimate the power of the human spirit.

    The bookstore existing in Liberia is a blessing. Wayétu Moore and her allies should be greatly commended on their strength, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. Also, we should always advance the ideology that investments in infrastructure is always key in promoting the general welfare and growing the common good for all. Literature is one of the greatest gifts in the world. Books can inspire people to have revolutionary thoughts and it can promote true tolerance plus understanding among the human family. We need more understanding in the midst of an imperfect world society. Africa is Beautiful. So, I congratulate Sister Wayétu Moore. She is a compassionate Sister with a great, abiding love of Liberia. We love Liberia too.

  • un’ruly

    Yay!!! Wayetu, I was just talking about you and your amazing work!!!!!!