I can think of no more fitting organization to host the exploration of culture than the public library. The joys of leafing through a book to make a discovery are multiplied each year as our Grand Rapids Public Library (GRPL) hosts the 10th Annual Taste of Soul Sunday downtown on Sunday, Feb. 15.
Taste of Soul Sunday has grown over the years to become the most popular of events hosted each year at the GRPL's downtown branch. In fact, you could almost say it is downright heavenly to experience the music of the guest artists like Karisa Wilson, Serita's Black Rose, and the Imani Singers of Grand Rapids flowing through this large, multi-room facility's celebration.
There is also a feast for your eyes, as members of the break dance troupe 61SYX Teknique will surely dazzle the attendees. And those in love with the art of storytelling will surely enjoy the works of John Steven Crowley.
Taste of Soul Sunday will also include presentations on the little-known (to many) Grand Rapids Auburn Hills neighborhood as well as a look back at the Black Las Vegas resort town of Idlewild. Attendees will also get the chance to explore the deeper meanings contained within the art of the African American Quilts.
But one of the very top reasons you should venture down (and early) is to sample the soul food provided by local restaurants LINC Up Soul Food Cafe, Southern Fish Fry, and TaDOW! BBQ.
So bring your family and friends and join in the celebration of what makes our community truly rich as we honor the diversity of our city together. It is a wonderful and educational experience unlike any other and one of my personal favorite events at the library.
General admission: Free