Honor West Michigan’s black history

Archives from Grand Rapids Public Library
Archives from Grand Rapids Public Library

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) February is Black History Month — a time to recognize and remember important people and events in U.S. history.

The Grand Rapids Public Library is a wealth of information about African-American men and women who accomplished amazing things in Grand Rapids. The library houses that information in its archives and also brings it to life with events like Taste of Soul Sunday.

Taste of Soul Sunday is on Sunday, February 21, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. It is a celebration of African-American culture in the West Michigan community with live music, food samplings, kids’ events, history discussions, and a poetry slam. Everything is free, including the parking.

The library is holding some special events leading up to Taste of Soul Sunday:

Before the Blues Musical Workshop
Tuesday, February 16, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Features Reverend Robert Jones
Free!
Grand Rapids Public Main Library

Women of Color in the Workplace
Thursday, 7 p.m.
Free!
Grand Rapids Public Main Library

  • Sonia Dalmia, Economics Professor, Grand Valley State University
  • Mary Hartfield, Program Manager, G.R.O.W.
  • Mindy Ysasi, Executive Director, The SOURCE
Soul food from Linc Up Soul Food Cafe
Soul food from Linc Up Soul Food Cafe

One of the establishments participating in Taste of Soul Sunday is LINC Up Soul Food Café. The Grand Rapids restaurant serves up delicious soul food, with many of the recipes passed down within families. LINC Inc. is a non-profit organization that focuses on community revitalization. Taste of Soul Sunday visitors can sample food from LINC Up Soul Food Café at the event on February 21.

LINC Up Soul Food Café
1167 Madison Ave. SE
Grand Rapids
(616) 475-6650

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