By Riley Scheffler
The Grand Rapids Public Library is celebrating African American history and culture tomorrow from 1 to 4:30 p.m by hosting a family event called “Taste of Soul.”
“Taste of Soul” is an opportunity for the community to come together to celebrate African American history. The GRPL will have free food, live music, art, presentations and activities on African American history.
The food will be donated by NoLo‘s Soul, Irie Kitchen, Big Ed’s BBQ, and Mosby’s Popcorn.There will also be live music from a few local artists, including Karisa Wilson, who will be performing from 1 to 1:30 p.m., Zion Lion from 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., Noel Webley and Jazzy Friends Quintet 2:30 – 3:15 p.m and Julius Hight featuring Bedrock, 3:30 – 4:15 p.m.
You can check out the food that will be donated to this event at the following websites:
Professors, authors and scholars will be there to share their knowledge and talk about African American history month. Presentations will be given on Minnie Forbes & the Negro League Baseball, South High School and the history of athlete activism. There will also be hands-on crafts to celebrate the African American culture.
In an email interview with GRPL Communications Marketing and Communications Manager Kristen Krueger-Corrado she states that ”’Taste of Soul’ is an amazing community event.” “This year, I am looking forward to hearing Minnie Forbes speak. She was a professional ball player and a Negro League team owner. Her work in athletics and civil rights was honored by President Obama in 2011.”
This is the 12th year that the GRPL has hosted “Taste of Soul,” which is the library’s largest single-day event.
“This is a great opportunity for individuals to get educated on African American history, in an environment that is open to all,” Krueger-Corrado stated.
For those who are looking to attend, the Grand Rapids Public Library is located on 111 Library St NE, in Grand Rapids. For more information on this event, you can also check out Grand Rapids Public Libraries website at grpl.org/tasteofsoul/listen.