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Telling A People's Story: African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature

This guide is a supplement to the Atkins Exhibit Telling A People's Story, celebrating African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature. The exhibit will be on display September 14-November 9 2020.

Exhibit Information

Atkins library is hosting the exhibit, Telling A People’s Story as a celebration of African-American Children’s Illustrated Literature through 12 panels. Each panel is imbued with certain themes that represent African-American culture from the 1600s until today. Some of the panel themes are listed here: African Traditions and Storytelling, The Middle Passage, Slavery & the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, Emancipation and Reconstruction, Segregation, the Harlem Renaissance & The Great Migration, the Civil Rights Era, and more. This exhibit and it’s related programs will present Black stories that have gone underrepresented in the formative genre of children’s literature and deepen the conversation on representation in popular culture.


The exhibit will run September 14-November 9. Join Atkins library and the UNC Charlotte campus as we explore the rich art and literary culture of the Black American experience. The exhibit is organized by the Miami University Art Museum through a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.