CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - A book fest at the Gordon Avenue Library is highlighting the history of the African American community in the Charlottesville-Albemarle area. The B&J African American Bookfest brought together storytellers, writers and authors to share experiences with young and old.

Author and trailblazer Alex-Zan says it’s important for the next generation to know and understand their history. "Get our stories out there. There are so many untold stories out in Charlottesville and Albemarle and surrounding areas so we wanted to provide the space to bring a few authors in and get people energized and inspired to tell stories."

Zan also says he hopes Saturday's event will inspire others, especially young people, to write down their stories.