*Capturing the Black Experience through Story, Song and Poetry*
The lives of blacks from the days of abolition and the Civil War to the Civil Rights movement and the current times.living in the United States have influenced this country’s culture, politics, and society in dramatic ways. Great political leaders including Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Jesse Jackson, and Barack Obama; literary giants including Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, James Baldwin,; artists including Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Wynton Marsalis, Run-DMC, the Sugar Hill Gang, and Chuck Berry; athletes such as Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson; and many more have enriched our lives and helped define the American culture and how we all see, hear and perceive the world.
For the past four years the library has collaborated with the West Michigan Black Heritage Society, the Race Initiative Book Club and other area book groups to create a burgeoning master booklist of fiction and nonfiction titles that represent the Black Experience.
To learn more about the Black Experience join us for this exciting event:
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A Look at the Black Experience through Story and Poetry
Sunday, February 16
This event will kickoff with Tasleem Jamil performing poetry from her new collection Black Baptist Muslim Mystic. She has performed her poetry which is inspired by hip-hop, jazz, soul, blues and spiritual experiences, in major universities and festivals across the globe. She will be followed by Anna-Lisa Cox, a Non-Resident Fellow at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research and author of A Stronger Kinship, an inspiring history of Covert, Michigan. Her new book, Founding Freedom: African Americans on the Antebellum Frontier, traces the migration and assimilation of over 32,000 African Americans who traveled to the Midwest frontier between 1830-1860.
Follow this link to access the Black Experience Book List: Outside the Book