Singer Solange Launches a Library of Rare, Free Black Books & We Are Here For It

During this grand month of October, something very different went on in Saint Heron, the creative studio of singer, artist, entertainer Solange. If one goes to the creative studio online, it has also become a library where the public can check out free, rare books that were written by Black authors. Anyone can read them for 45 days before having to return.

Let’s dig inside the awesomeness of the Saint Heron Community Library to see what we can find.

The first thing we notice is that the library is dedicated to all artists, readers and students, and with all the banning of books going on in America today, it’s great that the Saint Heron Community Library has a place they call “deserving of access” to the Black and Brown voices which are necessary for development of all artists. The library is partnered with Aesop.

As you glide through the Saint Heron Community Library, simply mousing over the titles which are numerically ordered will provide a full book cover. Clicking brings readers to a short summary of what the book is about and glimpses inside while also revealing if the book is available or not for check out.

Some of the Black writers to be found at Saint Heron include:

  • Quincy Troupe
  • Fred Wilson
  • Ruby Dee
  • Etheridge Knight
  • Ed Bullins
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • May Miller
  • Langston Hughes
  • Dewey Crumpler
  • Houston A. Baker, Jr.

And the list goes on. The genres range from poetry, thrillers, drama and Afro-Cuban works as of right now, but surely there are many more to come, being curated by the founder of Atlanta’s For Keeps Books, Rosa Duffy.