Yale's Beinecke Library Exhibits African-American Documents from 60s and 70s

To mark African American History Month, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale is showcasing papers from its collections relating to the racial and political turbulence of the 1960s and 1970s.

The exhibition, titled “Literature and Resistance: African-American Voices from the 1960s and 1970s,” celebrates the highly charged and multifaceted literature documenting the civil rights struggle and anti-war protests of the period. The exhibition highlights political and autobiographical writing and poetry by Nikki Giovanni and writers from Broadside Press and political statements from movement leaders such as Eldridge Cleaver, then Information Minister of the Black Panthers.

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library is located at the corner of Wall and High streets. It is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (reading room and exhibitions); Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (reading room and exhibitions); Saturdays when Yale is in session, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (exhibitions only; reading room closed on Saturday). The Beinecke will be closed on Saturdays March 8, 15 and 22 during the Yale spring break.

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Dorie Baker: dorie.baker@yale.edu, 203-432-1345