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Wilson High grads open cafe, give back to the community they grew up in

WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. logo WUSA-TV Washington, D.C. 11/14/2018 Marcella Robertson
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WASHINGTON -- The phrase "it takes a village," is the foundation of a new cafe in Union Market.

Three friends, Mahammad Mangum, Ryan Williams and Kevon King are all D.C. natives. They met while attending Woodrow Wilson High School.

Williams and King grew up in Southeast. The friends had dreams of one day owning their own business. Just a few years after graduation, at just 23 years old, that dream came true.

The trio wanted to do more than just serve coffee, they wanted to make sure they included the community they came from. Growing up in Southeast, the friends say they didn't have access to things like grocery stores.

They now make sure that others in that situation have the opportunity to show they have something to offer too. They make it a goal to give vendors in Wards 7 and 8 a chance to showcase their products. Customers in the cafe will find breakfast and lunch made from DC UrbanGreen produce and their coffee from Southeast Roastery.

"We source from local places and target underserved businesses, people that don't have that platform," said King."

The Village Cafe also has a creative space that will offer pop-up events for others to learn how to start their own businesses.

"I want to believe in every single person that comes in the Village to say this is your life and you can do whatever you want to do," said Mangum.

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