Bookstore owners reveal their historic family heirloom

A serendipitous discovery led this couple to champion authors of color with their Liberation Station childrens bookstore.
5:35 | 09/24/20

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We are back with a vivid portrait of the poetry playing out in our lives. The couple on a mission to bring literature to a whole new generation of readers. This is all sparked by an unlikely page from history. Kyra Phillips with the amazing story behind liberation station. Black women are fresh. Like a summer breeze. Reporter: The Miller's family life, nothing but a perfect poem. There's something about the way they glow that catches my eyes. Reporter: Like the rhythm of Stan Sas, their emotions rising and falling in hard times and good. Let me live onward. I'm able to once again admire your color of beauty. Every verse, every page takes you somewhere. Yes. I think that's everybody's story though. It's really kind of like how you present it in terms of what your challenges are. You take what you experience and you learn to build from it. I think we approach life and have always approached life using commas for the continuation of things. We're going to keep going. We're going to do this, comma. Reporter: College sweethearts with a passion for poetry and a love for literature took this family from food stamps to a fortuitous family business. It was all sparked by their 9-year-old son Langston and his hand-drawn vision of the perfect book store channelling his Harlem renaissance poet name sake, Langston Hughes, decided he too would be an inspiring literary innovator. Langston, why do you like to read so much? It helps me become a better person and influences me to make better choices. All of us, the stuff of stars. What have you seen these books do for Langston? His concept of what is available to him has blown up exponentially. His imagination is unlimited. Reporter: And coming to life, welcome to the fruits of liberation station, how sweet the sound. That's my word. Reporter: Across Raleigh, North Carolina these pop-up libraries have a specific purpose. Solely providing children's literature in which main characters, heros and heroines are black. Harriet tubman. Reporter: If you can't stop for a free read, you can browse their online independent book store, aka, home warehouse. We're giving you the permission and freedom to be liberated in yourself. To accept your skin, to accept your hair, to take ownership of your body, of all your gifts. If you learn how to take care of something, you end up ultimately becoming a better human being because of it. Reporter: A virtue Victoria learned decades ago, her past defining her present and ironically it would be a book that would determine her destiny. Struggle was something that defined Victoria's father's life. A historical photographer, he wrestled with a drug addiction, pawning anything he could to support his habit, including a beautiful old bible trimmed in gold, a bible that held an unexpected treasure. My mom pregnant with my younger sister Jessica, she stated let me look through it. She looked through it and saw a collection of papers and she said you can pawn the bible and I'll take the papers. Reporter: Papers that turned out to be extraordinary pieces of history from the 1800s. Letters between abolitionist and author Frederick Douglas and a radical white book store owner from Baltimore, original documents that the Millers discovered are worth millions of Do the two of you ever sit back and think, oh, my gosh your mom saved papers about a white book store owner talking to Frederick Douglas? You're running a book store to empower people of color. Yeah. It's absolutely surreal because it's serendipitous. Reporter: The Miller's certain dip tous surprise is not for sale. Under lock and key the past will be preserved in an undisclosed location. This family maintaining their mantra that money will never mean more than their mission. What if those papers would have been sold? We would not have been able to affect generational change in people and children. Like what we're doing, what our book store does it starts at the root of an issue and it nurtures the entire tree, the entire system. Reporter: Choosing literature to assure their legacy comma continues. The progress of my character will liquidate all the debts without injustice to higher claims. To get that perspective, to know what they're doing now could affect generations, it's beautiful. And powerful. Thanks to Kyra Phillips for bringing us that story.

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