|Long-time black studies participants Dometi Pongo & Kacee Aldridge at the book sale|
As always, our project coordinators Cindy Lyles and Danielle Hall facilitated the event and provided visitors with suggestions about the books that they might find appealing and informative. It was exciting to reach out to and engage with so many folks using African American books as the basis.
We had volumes of poetry, books about history and politics, books about business and dance. Works by Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker were included in our collection. By the end of the day, Cindy made a statement I wasn't expecting to hear: "All our poetry has been sold."
That's really good news, I thought; it's rare to sell large numbers of volumes of poetry.
I was never so pleased to see so many of my old books leave me and go on the others. It's our plan to have another sale and some browsing sessions during the spring semester.
Related: Education and Ideas Festival