Idlewild to Richland: Idlewild Author Plans Visit to Richland Community Library

Idlewild State Historical Marker briefly describes the historical importance of Idlewild. Photo courtesy of rossograph

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.

Lainie Scott

Lainie Scott

This is my senior year at Gull Lake High school, and my second year apart of The Reflection staff.  This year I am the feature/entertainment editor, and I am looking forward to see where my writing can take me.

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