Telling a People's Story

Released On: 3/7/2020

An exhibit showcasing artwork from African American picture books, called “Telling a People’s Story,” will be available for viewing beginning March 4 at the Lorain Public Library System’s Main Library.

LPLS Strategic Initiatives Manager Sam Lewis said the exhibit features artwork by 33 artists in 95 books and was created at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio as part of a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation.

This exhibit is important because it tells and highlights stories that are often under-represented,” he said. “In an international community like Lorain, we want to celebrate and showcase these stories. The exhibit provides a view of the complex African American experience and their contributions to the American story and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to Lorain.”

According to Miami University, “’Telling a People’s Story’ is the first major museum exhibition devoted to the art found within the pages of African American children’s picture books. The exhibition emphasizes the strength of the illustrations as visual narrative representations of the African American experience.”

The university said while social justice is a theme through the three galleries, the exhibit “celebrates the complex and diverse African-American experience through a lens intended for children and young readers.”

Lewis said the exhibit highlights the need for culturally relevant stories for children that create positive self-images and feature characters that reflect a variety of readers.

“We want to be sure that we provide stories that are as inclusive as the community we serve,” he said.

The exhibit will be available for viewing until May 6. For more information visit Miami University’s website.