Book display illuminates lives of extraordinary “Everyday People”

An exhibit with two large framed drawings on the wall and two cases full of memorabilia

The Special Collections exhibition will remain on view until April 20, 2019. (Photo by Sanjay Suchak, University Communications)

In concert with the Everyday People photo exhibition in Special Collections, Alderman Library is featuring a unique collection of literature representing the varied experiences of African Americans between the 18th-21st centuries.

These books portray some of the extraordinary “ordinary” people who have contributed so richly to our era.

Titles in the collection include:

  • A Stranger in the Village: Two Centuries of African-American Travel Writing
  • African Americans Doing Feminism: Putting Theory Into Everyday Practice
  • Along Martin Luther King: Travels on Black America’s Main Street
  • Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry
  • Envisioning Freedom: Cinema and the Building of Modern Black Life
  • Keep Your Head to the Sky: Interpreting African American Home Ground
  • No Space Hidden: The Spirit of African American Yard Work
  • Signifyin(g), Sanctifyin’ & Slam Dunking: A Reader in African American Expressive Culture
  • Talking at Trena’s: Everyday Conversations at an African American Tavern
  • Time in the Black Experience
  • No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men’s Work
  • Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo”
  • Between Sundays: Black Women and Everyday Struggles of Faith
  • The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South
  • … and many more.

Visit the collection in the Alderman Reference Room any time during Library hours… and be sure to visit the full exhibition, Everyday People: Images of Blackness: 1700s-2000s in the First Floor Gallery of Small Special Collections Library.

Both displays will remain on view until April 20, 2019.


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