Grand Rapids Public Library’s Events Celebrate African American History and Culture

10th Taste of Sould SundayFor the past 10 years, the Grand Rapids Public Library has celebrated African American heritage and culture by highlighting local artists, musicians, dancers, authors, historians and restauranteurs. The 10th annual Taste of Soul Sunday will take place on February 15, 2015 from 1-4:30 pm at the Main Library – 111 Library St NE. The event is free and sponsored by the Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation.

Taste of Soul Sunday is an annual event that features food sampling from local restaurants, lectures by local authors, historians, and artists, music and children’s activities. Musical performances will include Karisa Wilson, Serita’s Black Rose, and Imani Singers of Grand Rapids. There will also be a breakdance performance by 61SYX Teknique.

History and author presentations include two presentations on the Auburn Hills neighborhood in Grand Rapids, a discussion about Idlewild—once called ‘The Black Las Vegas’, and an exploration of African American quilts. Storyteller John Steven Crowley will also perform.

Activities for children and teens will feature a poetry reading, a paint party and a craft activity.

Free food samplings will be provided by local restaurants LINC Up Soul Food Cafe, Southern Fish Fry, and TaDOW! BBQ. For a complete schedule of events, visit

Taste of Soul Sunday will take place at the Main Library – 111 Library St NE from 1-4:40 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2014. Free parking is available in the Library’s lot. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 616-988-5400 or visit The Grand Rapids Public Library connects people to the transforming power of knowledge.