An exhibit of diverse African-American experiences through the lens of children’s books is on display at the Athens Public Library
(30 Home St), one of many stops on a cross-country tour including
universities, museums, public and academic libraries, and K-12 schools.
their seeming simplicity, picture books are a perfect window into both
history and the world around us,” says Taryn Lentes, ACPL's Youth
often get their first glimpse of a wider world through these books, and
this exhibit is a small step towards making sure that view features
multiple perspectives and voices.”
Telling a People’s Story goes beyond exploring social justice-- it affirms and celebrates African-American identities.
books featuring African-American characters, particularly by authors
and illustrators of color, have long been incredibly underrepresented by
publishers,” Lentes said. “Hosting the exhibit allows us to both call
attention to this issue and to highlight the amazing work that is often
On exhibit through December 20 in the library atrium. Organized by the Miami University Art Museum through a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.