From Richard Wright and Toni Morrison to W. E. B. DuBois and Ida B. Wells, the African-American Popular Collection is a convenient one-stop source for many of the most requested titles on a variety of African-American subjects. Located on the fourth floor of the Central Library in the History, Genealogy, Travel & Social Sciences Department, this unique collection includes a sampling of materials from such varied subject areas as art, business, health and beauty, literature, religion and spirituality, as well as science and technology.
The African-American Popular Collection debuted to the public in January 1994 to coincide with the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday. With input from customers, librarians throughout the Memphis/Shelby County Library system cooperated in the selections of more than three hundred of the most requested titles in African- American history and life. Not only did this create a diverse collection, but with the generous financial support of the Friends of the Library, it was possible to purchase these titles in multiple copies.
In addition to items in this collection, all subject departments maintain a wealth of material on African- American history, culture, and life. The Library wishes to thank Smith & Nephew for providing the on-going support of the African-American Popular Collection.