September 27 at 7 p.m., the Richland Community Library presents another inspiring “Meet MI Authors” event, this month, hosting the esteemed Dr. Benjamin Wilson. Dr. Wilson is a Professor Emeritus of the African American and Africa Studies Department of Western Michigan University, and is also an author of African Americans in Michigan and Black Eden: The Idlewild Community.
This upcoming Thursday, Dr. Wilson will be discussing his novel Black Eden: The Idlewild Community, a chronicle of Idlewild history. Located two hours north from Richland, Idlewild is considered one of the nation’s most popular black resorts created after the Civil War, becoming a key component of black identity and culture.
Within the pages, Dr. Wilson and co-author Lewis Walker examine Idlewild’s past, present, and future as the town makes plans for revitalization. Not to mention, discussing how Idlewild played a vital role for artist such as Aretha Franklin, B.B. King, Sammy Davis, and Louis Armstrong.
The Richland Community welcomes all for this free and informative event.