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Library of Michigan is Hosting African-American History Month Events

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs (517) 241-4395
Agency: Education

January 27, 2014

LANSING – The Library of Michigan is hosting a series of events in February to celebrate African-American culture, cooking, literature, music and history.

The events, which include an Underground Railroad retrospective and speech by a noted African-American author from Michigan State University (MSU), will be held each Wednesday in February as part of the Library of Michigan’s observation of African-American History Month.

“The Library of Michigan has a great line-up of events planned to celebrate African-American history, which is such an integral part of American and world history,” State Superintendent Mike Flanagan said. “I strongly encourage everyone, especially teachers and students, to participate in these interactive events.”

Featured presentations include:

  • David Kirkland, an MSU urban studies professor, will talk about his book, A Search Past Silence: Literacy of Young Black Men
  • From the Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan, JJ Jacobson will talk about African-American Cookbooks and their role in American culture
  • Underground Railroad researcher and Michigan Freedom Trail Commission founder, Carol Mull, will discuss Michigan as the path to freedom for escaped slaves
  • The RJ Spangler Trio and Jazz Master Larry Smith will accent the month with music
  • The Library of Michigan’s Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room and all Michigan Collections will remain open

“We are excited to have such noted speakers join us throughout the month,” said State Librarian Nancy Robertson. “We expect that professionals, teachers and students will find it fun and informative.”

All sessions are free; however, registration is required.

For an event schedule and to register, visit:

For more information about the activities, call the Library of Michigan at (517) 373-1300.

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