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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 Themes

Telling a People's Story is told through 12 panels with vivid illustrations and descriptions. Below are the themes and the children's books you can check out from Atkins library. 

You can find the exhibit on the Main Floor of Atkins Library in the exhibit area. 

African Traditions and Storytelling

The Middle Passage (1650s-1850s)

Slavery & the Underground Railroad (1619-1865)

Civil War, Emancipation & Reconstruction (1863-1877)

Segregation (1860s-1960s)

Harlem Renaissance & The Great Migration (1918-1924)

The Civil Rights Era (1954-1968)

The Civil Rights Era is told across two panels. Explore both to get a sense of the artwork that depicts this moment in African-American history. 

Modern Cultural Identity (1970s and beyond)