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

All of our upcoming Saturday afternoon book discussions will have an emphasis on how race and inclusion fit into issues related to the 2020 presidential election.

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
Stamped From The Beginning
Saturdays, September 12 & 26 and October 3
9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)

We will discuss Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's book, Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. In this deeply researched and fast-moving narrative, Kendi chronicles the entire story of anti-black racist ideas and their staggering power over the course of American history.  The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank.  You can get the book from bpl.org (which has a very LONG waitlist) or an online bookstore like Rozzie Bound, which will be donating sales from this books to the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, a Dorchester-based nonprofit that serves as "a center of healing, teaching, and learning for family and communities impacted by murder, trauma, grief, and loss."  As a matter of fact, Rozzie Bound will donate all its proceeds from its "Racial Justice Bookshelf" to the Peace Institute. You can find the virtual shelf here: https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound.
Because this is a very popular book, we will have two sessions with 20 participants each on the three dates.  Times: Morning session at 9:15-11 AM and an afternoon session at 2 -3:45 PM.

To register, please email JP Branch librarian Laura Pattison at jamaicaplain@bpl.org.  Please write "Kendi"
as the first word of the subject line when you RSVP.

  • You only need to register once for all three dates, even if you think you might miss a date.
  • Please choose the morning or afternoon time, and you will be registered for that same time for each date.
  • Laura will register the first 40 people, 20 each for the morning and afternoon groups.  You will get an email if you are registered.  If you do not get an email from Laura, please assume that you are not registered.

This discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of the JP Branch Library.

Book Discussion: So You Want to Talk About Race
By Ijeoma Oluo

We will discuss Ijeoma Oluo's book, So You Want To Talk About Race. Oluo guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to "model minorities" in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infect almost every aspect of American life.

The discussion will be led by local educator Josh Frank.

If the library system is still closed in November, this discussion will happen on Zoom.  More details to come soon.