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The Givens Collection of African American Literature: The Arts of Social Justice

“The Arts of Social Justice: The Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature” highlights works by African American artists, activists, intellectuals, and their allies committed to the struggle for social change.  Exploring major themes found within the Archie Givens, Sr. Collection of African American Literature, held at the University of Minnesota Libraries, “The Arts of Social Justice” includes representations of family, community, cultural preservation and heritage, the arts, and social justice found in book art, photography, performing arts, epistolary communications, ephemera, and other archival materials.  The Givens Collection of African American Literature itself is a testament to the importance of social change that can take place in all areas of cultural and political life—in literature and on the stage, within the intimate relationships among families, even within practices of cultural memory and preservation.

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