Human Library Fort Wayne pop up hits Purdue University Fort Wayne

You've probably heard the saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" right? Well imagine books being in human form where the author tells you what happened first hand. That's what the Human Library Fort Wayne is all about. It gives people in the community a chance to share their stories.

Posted: Feb 20, 2019 5:40 PM
Updated: Feb 21, 2019 6:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The Human Library gives people a chance to learn about others different from themselves, and Wednesday stereotypes of all kinds are being challenged.

"It's not where it's on a page. It's where it's coming from someone about their own life," Jordan Sanderson, student at Purdue University Fort Wayne, said.

You won't find any paperbacks or hardcovers, but you'll take a journey one on one with a human book, and that book shares their story with you.
Those stories range anywhere from someone surviving death row, rape, civil rights, and child marriage. More than 20 different books are in one room. One of them was titled “Resilient Butterfly: Surviving Childhood Marriage”.

"Today I’m sharing my story of what it's like being forced into a child marriage. Getting out of it, putting your life back together, and raising awareness that child marriage is still legal in 48 of our united states," Geneive Myer, Human Book, said.

Through this setting many of the books are spreading awareness hoping to educate and open more minds.

"For years I didn't tell people what my experience was, and just kind of sat with the this and that and you're just weird. Take a moment to understand people to understand where they are coming from and what they've overcome," Myer added.

"It gives people the opportunity who normally wouldn't talk to each other, would never cross paths to learn about each other so the community feels a little smaller," Ellen Suaer, co-organizer of the Human Library Fort Wayne, said.

This event is during Purdue University Fort Wayne's Black History series to show that racism and biases affect everyone.

Human Library Fort Wayne will have another event in April.

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