Bookstore to Honor Slain Capital Community News Reporter

Organizers Are Taking Donations for the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore

Charnice Milton.

Two years after the murder of Hill Rag reporter Charnice Milton, WeAct Radio in Ward 8 has plans to open a community bookstore in her honor.

Kymone Freeman, activist and co-owner of WeAct, will host an announcement event for the Charnice Milton Community Bookstore on May 17 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the radio’s studio at 1918 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE. The event will also include a call for book donations and an update from MPD police detectives on the investigation into Charnice’s murder.

The official kickoff and book drive will take place on May 27. (Follow the WeAct Radio Facebook page for updates.) The date is the two-year anniversary of Charnice’s death—she was killed in a crossfire shooting while waiting for the bus near Good Hope Road SE after covering the Eastern Market Community Advisory meeting for the Hill Rag newspaper on May 27, 2015.

(Read our tribute to Charnice.)

Freeman will continue to collect books for the store on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. also at the radio studio. They plan to retrofit the studio’s basement space for the bookstore with funds from a coming online fundraiser, set to start with the May 27 kickoff.

“Every neighborhood deserves a bookstore,” Freeman said on the event page. “…D something!”

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