Race and Inclusion

Racial Justice and Inclusiveness Committee

The Friends of Roslindale Branch Library have formed a Racial Justice and Inclusiveness Committee to plan educational events, discussions, and presentations related to race, ethnicity, religion and culture.  We also created a special list of books related to these topics.

If you are interested in joining our committee, email info@friendsofroslindalelibrary.org.


Schedule of Events


peoples historyA People's American History Lesson
Saturdays, October 14, 21 & 28 & November 4 & 11
9:15 am - 11 am
Roslindale Library

We will host a special five-week series of book discussions about Howard Zinn's sweeping history of America's untold stories. The discussions will be led by a BPS teacher Clayton Brown.

A People's History of the United States
By Howard Zinn

Since its original landmark publication in 1980, A People's History of the United States has been chronicling American history from the bottom up, throwing out the official version of history taught in schools—with its emphasis on great men in high places—to focus on the street, the home, and the, workplace.

Known for its lively, clear prose as well as its scholarly research, A People's History of the United States is the only volume to tell America's story from the point of view of—and in the words of—America's women, factory workers, African-Americans, Native Americans, the working poor, and immigrant laborers. As historian Howard Zinn shows, many of our country's greatest battles—the fights for a fair wage, an eight-hour workday, child-labor laws, health and safety standards, universal suffrage, women's rights, racial equality—were carried out at the grassroots level, against bloody resistance.

Covering Christopher Columbus's arrival through President Clinton's first term, A People's History of the United States, which was nominated for the American Book Award in 1981, features insightful analysis of the most important events in our history.

circle-312343_640Getting to Know You Through Our Cultures

The library is hosting a special exhibit at the Roslindale Library in October 2017 showcasing diversity and inclusion through at. The theme of the exhibit is "Getting to know you through our cultures." The cultures of Roslindale come from all over the world. The art will show some aspect of these cultures and heritage, whether landscape, food, people, transportation, etc.

The reception will be held Thursday, October 19, 6:30-7:30 pm. The art will also be available as part of the Roslindale Open Studios on Saturday, October 22 until 2 pmhttp://www.roslindaleopenstudios.org. Exhibit runs from October 9 through November 18. Located at 4246 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA 02131.

The cultures of Roslindale come from all over the world. Artist participants include Dan Jay, Nina Lev, Dianne Zimbabwe, Phyllis Bluhm, Greg Jundanian, Catherine Jaggi, Michele Audet, and Lilly Harrison.

larrymannNative Americans After The Mayflower
A Discussion with Larry "Spotted Crow" Mann
Thursday, November 9, 6:30 PM
Roslindale Library

We invited local writer Larry "Spotted Crow" Mann to give a talk about current issues affecting the Native American community today.

Mann is a member of Nipmuc Tribe and resident of Massachusetts. He is a writer, poet, cultural educator, Traditional Story Teller, tribal drummer /dancer and motivational speaker involving youth sobriety, cultural and environmental awareness. His work has taken him across the United States, Canada and parts of Europe.

Mann is also a board member of the Nipmuk Cultural Preservation Trust which is an organization set up to promote the cultural, social and spiritual needs of Nipmuc people as well an educational resource for Native American studies. Another very important part of Mann's work has been advocating for drug and alcohol prevention In Native American Teens. This is certainly an issue for all youth but by far Native American teens have one of the highest rates of drug and alcohol problems which have to lead to a staggering level of teen suicide. Mann, along with other Native American leaders worked in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to create a booklet as a resource for the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse.

Mann's first book, Tales From the Whispering Basket, a collection of short stories and poetry has been internationally acclaimed. His poetry has been read around the world and has won the Memescapes Journal of Fine Arts and Nominated in 2013 for the Push Cart prize.

He will also discuss his latest book, Drumming & Dreaming: a collection of Nipmuc legends. Copies of the book will be available for sale at the event.  Learn more about him on his website.