1001 Black Men–#329

One of the highlights of my trip to Yale was the time I spent during research at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to actually handle the pamphlet in which Victoria Earle Matthews’s “The Value of Race Literature” was originally published. I passed the man in this drawing on my way back out of the library. He was standing at the information desk with a patron registration for in his hands. I wonder what he was researching. There’s something about a rare books library that makes me want to learn more about everyone’s research, not only my own. I can’t wait to make my next trip out to New York. I’ll definitely be boarding the Metro North train to New Haven and the Beinecke.

Ajuan Mance

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