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1st Annual San Antonio African American Book Festival
The Friends of Carver Library are hosting the 1st Annual San Antonio African American Book Festival on February 8, 2020, at Carver Library. The event will kick-off at 10:30 am with the Children’s Book Exhibit; the introduction of Presenting at Noon; and Discussions with Feature Authors until 4 pm.
The City of San Antonio is often celebrated for its rich history and culture – but besides the MLK March, how often is African American culture celebrated in our city? Until this year, San Antonio has been the only major city in Texas without an African American Book Festival to introduce and promote the literary voices of the local African American community. It is imperative that people, especially children, have access to reading materials they can identify and feel familiar with. Because Carver Branch Library hosts one of the largest African American Studies Collections in the San Antonio Public Library system, The Friends of Carver Library (a members of The Friends of the San Antonio Public Library) decided to fill the void and created the San Antonio African American Book Festival as an annual Black history month event to give everyone in the city the opportunity to become familiar with the African American voices in their community. San Antonio was one of the first major cities in America to integrate its lunch counters but is now one of the most racially segregated cities in the country. We cannot change the narrative until we change the narrative.
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