When I moved to Dallas the first people to take me in and help me to get on my feet were Adjwoa and Akwete. So when I say they are definitely about giving back to the community and helping those around them, I mean it. More importantly, their business has been apart of the South Dallas community for 26 years and we want to keep them there! Although I love all my Queens, this feature is very important and dear to my heart because it showcases a business that has done wonders for people of color since their opening. So please do me a favor and meet my sister and my friend….Adjwoa Hogue of Pan-African Connection.
Tell me a little about yourself and the founders of your business.
I’m Adjwoa which is an African name from Ghana that means born on Monday, Beautiful, and intelligent. I’m a recent graduate of UAPB ,who loves meeting new people, traveling, and trying new things. I’m a community activist/organizer and Co-Owner of Pan-African Connection Bookstore & Resource center in Sunny South Dallas. The Pan-African Connection was founded 26years ago by my father Bandele Tyehimba and my mother Akwete as a tool to organize, educate Black/African people in America about the dignity and greatness of their history and culture. In 2012,when my dad passed away I vowed to help our store anyway I could and “da store” became my new Love!
Where do I begin? Lol .We are more than just a bookstore/art gallery, we are an institution of learning and community space. We hold free workshops, on entrepreneurship, healthy and holistic living, children African dancing and drumming, farmers market, lectures, uplifting films, festivals, and so much more. We are a business that grows, as our community grows.
What advice would you give a young girl trying to start their own business?
Don’t worry about how much money you have, just make a plan of action, surround yourself with friends and family who support you and find your market and implement your plan. Just jump out there and do. The longest journey, starts with the first step.
How important do you think it is for us as blacks to support other black owned businesses?
We are all we have. We must help each other survive. Our businesses, especially independent cultural businesses are closing daily. We are barley sustaining our business at this time. Rent is too high and no one seems to see the importance of culture as a tool to uplift our community. Yes, my father use to say to me “if we don’t support ourselves, no one else will”.
They can follow us on:
Facebook : Pan African Connection
Website : PanAfricanConnection.com
Any upcoming events?
We have many events weekly, the easiest way to get information is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a phone (214)943-8262 your email information and we will forward information to you.
Anything else you would like to add?
Yes, we want to thank the community for their support. They have been with us from the beginning and we are eternally grateful. We are in need of your help, in this moment to help with rental and other expenses.
You can go to gofundme: http://www.gofundme.com/fc2t9wj8
What a wonderful interview! Please do me as well as the community of South Dallas a favor by clicking on the link above to donate to this great establishment. No amount is to small or too big! And as always, thank you reading.