We’re excited to showcase, Telling a People’s Story, a traveling panel exhibit focused on African-American children’s illustrated literature on loan from the Miami University Art Museum. The presentation of this genre offers a lens into the cultural, historical and social makeup of African-American cultural identity, while also shedding light on the long-neglected world of African-American authors and illustrators in the pantheon of children’s literature.

This exhibit showcases African-American children’s illustrated literature produced by some of the biggest names in the field. A few of the well-known illustrators represented include Ashley Bryan, Jerry Pinkney, Jan Spivey-Gilchrist, E.B. Lewis and Kadir Nelson, among others. For more information about the artists, watch their videos that were featured in the original exhibition.

Stop by our 1st floor lobby to see Telling a People’s Story through Monday, March 15.

Browse the collection

Take Your Learning Further

Telling a People’s Story is just one opportunity to learn about African-American culture and history. During the month of February, we’re hosting a variety of Black History Month events for adults, teens and children.

We’re also debuting One Book, One ‘Brook, our new community-wide reading initiative where we’re inviting everyone in the community to come together through the shared experience of reading How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi and participating in enlightening and empowering conversations.