Community activist Devine Carama creates mobile library in honor of late daughter
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A Lexington man is giving back to his community after one of his children died earlier this year.
Community activist Devine Carama’s daughter, Kamaria Spaulding, was killed in a car crash in April. Her father says she had lots of plans and now, he is following through with one of them.
Months after the tragedy, the Lexington activist is sharing his daughter’s legacy with a mobile library.
Behind the doors of Lexington’s Loudon House is the one-of-a-kind library. Not one book cover collects dust, but for Carama, it’s a collection of memories.
“My daughter was really giving. she loved to serve in every facet of her life,” Carama said.
Her nickname was Luna.
“We named her Kamaria because it means moon," Carama said. “Getting that phone Easter night of all nights, that every parent dreads, that we lost her in that fatal car crash, we’re still kind of dealing with the trauma.”
Carama, his wife, Cierra Spaulding, and Kamaria’s mother, Lakeshia Campbell are uniting people through reading.
“Through the Luna Library, we can provide some context by teaching them the history in which a lot of this unrest is built upon,” Carama said.
The collection of books explores African-American history, with central Black characters.
After the labor, comes the love when Carama gets to hand deliver the books. More than 400 books have been delivered to kids.
“The smiles on their face, it just means a lot,” Carama said.
With the books comes the memory of a young woman calling for change.
“They can see their own experiences, they can actually learn different cultures, and that’s Important as well, especially in the time that we’re in,” said Charlize Lewis, whose daughter receives books from the Luna Library.
If you want to sign up for books, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The foundation is also accepting donations and Amazon wishlist purchases to keep the library stocked.
In Kamaria’s own words, “if you don’t know where you came from, it’s hard to get where you want to go.” This is chapter one of the Luna Library.
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