Welcome to the CBLC

The Indianapolis Public Library's Center for Black Literature & Culture (CBLC) will be dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and resilient heritage and triumphs of those born of African roots. As an integral part of American and world history and culture, this space is for ALL who are interested in exploring the rich heritage that has influenced nations across the globe.

The CBLC will offer bold, larger-than-life images, interactive displays, books, events and more, highlighting black heroes who have and are transforming the world through their courage, talents, and activism.

Opening October 21, 2017

  Roland Marin headshot

Grand Opening Event

October 21, 2017
12 noon to 3 PM
Central Library 40 E. St. Clair Street

Join us for the grand opening of the Center for Black Literature & Culture and to hear special guest and keynote speaker, Roland Martin, noted Journalist and Political Commentator at 12:30pm. Following the keynote presentation, a Q&A session, book signing, and ribbon cutting ceremony of the Center will be offered. This event is free and open to the public.

The goal of the Center is to shine light on the brilliant works of black icons who have influenced not only American but world culture, specifically those icons with Indiana roots.

-Nichelle Hayes, Special Collections Librarian

  • tapestry concept

    View looking North

  • Epicenter

    Epicenter Space

  • Entry ID

    View looking West

  • canvas mural

    View looking South

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