African American First Editions from the 20th Century – November 2018 – March 2019

November 14, 2018-March 15, 2019

Throughout the 20th century, African American writers consistently gave voice to their experiences through powerful poetry and prose. From the bold voices that came out of the Harlem Renaissance, the courageous words from the Civil Rights movement, to the unapologetic stories of everyday strife, this outpouring of African American literary talent has left a lasting impact on the landscape of American literature.

In a climate of renewed attention on racial disparities and systematic violence against African Americans, this exhibition seeks to shine a light on the pivotal role African American authors have had on the American literary canon over the past century, by celebrating the works of important 20th century African American writers. Their achievements continue to resonate with readers today, in the United States and throughout the world.

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