Book display raises black voices

Kyle Huizinga, Staff writer

A Nicholson Library lead student worker set up a Black History Month book display near the entrance. The display celebrates important African-American works of literature and approaches the subject of African American culture form a variety of viewpoints, time periods, perspectives, and genres.

The display covers topics ranging from art, politics and economics.

Books such as Beauty Shop Politics: African American Women’s Activism in the Beauty Industry by Tiffany M. Gill provide perspective on the role African-American beauticians played in terms of activism during Jim Crow era politics.

Also included in the selection are books that address minority groups within the African American and community such as Afro-Latinx women and the LGBTQ community.

Books such as Comparative Perspective on Afro-Latino America by Kwame Dixon offers stories told by Americans who are from Afro-Latinx backgrounds, perspectives that are not generally heard in mass media.

Junior anthropology major Jose Madrid Beltran said he put the display together “to remind people that the fight for equity is not over.”

He emphasized the importance of listening to the many stories and voices within the African-American community.

“This is why the display has a focus on women and LGBT and Afro-Latinx identities,” Madrid Beltran said.

“These are voices that face oppression and experience the world in drastically different ways. I felt it was critical to select books that could give a glimpse into the voices of these identities.”