Library offers a Taste of Soul for Black History Month


The Grand Rapids Public Library is celebrating Black history, culture and food next month at a free event.

Taste of Soul Sunday will take place from 1-4:30 p.m. Feb. 16 at the GRPL main branch, at 111 Library St. NE.

The annual event, which is free and open to the public, celebrates Black culture and heritage via food samples from local restaurants; lectures by local authors, historians and artists; live music; and children’s activities.

Musical performances will include Kevin Murphy, Lady Ace Boogie featuring DJ Dean Martian and Orlando, Serita’s Black Rose and The Gospel Believers.

Former Calvin University history professor and author Dr. Randal Jelks will discuss “Faith and Democratic Struggle Before #Black Lives Matter,” and the Ebony Road Players will perform scenes from “The Meeting.”

Some of the most important figures in Black history will come to life as members of New Hope Baptist Church create a live African American museum.

There also will be a discussion on the role of African American literature in activism.

Activities for children include a Let’s Move Dance Party, World Music with The Storytellers and tote painting. Crafts also will be available.

Food samples will be provided by local restaurants Daddy Pete’s BBQ, Boston Soul Cafe, Savor the Flavor and Flavorful Pound Cakes & Treats.

A complete schedule of events is online.

Photo courtesy Grand Rapids Public Library.

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