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Outside the Book Episode 5: Capturing the Black Experience through Story, Song and Poetry

Posted January 28, 2014

“Outside the Book” is a new monthly list that brings together materials from several areas of the library’s collections under the banner of an entertaining theme. Our themes may remind you of something you wanted to read, watch, listen to, or explore. Check back regularly for updates to our Outside the Book column to find new treasures!

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.

Follow this link to access the Black Experience Book List: Outside the Book