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TMSG: Michigan Library Celebrates African American History Month

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - MSU Professor David Kirkland captivated his audience with a lecture and lesson about the literacy of young black men. His presentation was the first in a four-week celebration of African American History Month at the Library of Michigan in downtown Lansing.


"The literacy of learning for young black men is too often divorced from who they are and too often they're told to leave themselves at the door," said Kirkland.

But not here. In February, the library's doors will be open for students, teachers, patrons and families all eager to learn more about the black men and women who've shaped Michigan communities through their craft, creativity and culture.


"Libraries are not places where you'll be shushed anymore. They are vibrant, active places with events," said Randy Riley, the Michigan Library outreach coordinator.

Kirkland kicked off the African American History Month series here at the library, but in the coming weeks, you'll also hear from an underground railroad historian, an award winning jazz group and see a cultural culinary exhibition.


"There are all kinds of things people can learn, I mean the underground railroad. Michigan was a destination that last stop before Canada. We'll be talking about African American cookbooks. We have a jazz trio. So there's something for everyone," said Riley.

Everyone is invited, free of charge to learn about race, culture and history. For more information about upcoming events at the library, visit Seen on 6.

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