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


Summer Reading Series

you can't touch my hairBook Discussion: You Can't Touch My Hair
Thursday, August 17, 6:30 PM
Roslindale Library

We will discuss some of the modern nuances of black feminism today, from institutional racism to the politics of black hair.  The Friends purchased a limited number of copies of the book for patrons to borrow from Roslindale Library on a first come, first served basis.

You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain
By Phoebe Robinson

Being a black woman in America means contending with old prejudices and fresh absurdities every day. Comedian Phoebe Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend," as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn’t that . . . white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page—and she’s going to make you laugh as she’s doing it.

Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is "Queen. Bae. Jesus," to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, You Can't Touch My Hair examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise.

American Moor Special Friends Offer!

O.W.I. (Bureau of Theatre)
is offering Friends members a 20 percent discount on tickets for its upcoming production of Keith Hamilton Cobb's American Moor in the Plaza Theater at the Boston Center for the Arts.  Funny, ironic and deeply moving, American Moor explores the process of auditioning for the role of Othello. An audition process that invariably ends up with a large black man on stage responding to white middle-aged decision makers who portend to understand how a charismatic, intelligent, black man should react in an alien society.

Tickets can be purchased at American Moor - Boston Theatre SceneThe promo code is FRBL - Promo good for all performances from Thursday, July 20 through Saturday, August 12.

Wednesdays & Thursdays @ 7:30
Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00
Sundays @ 2:00

Post-show discussion every Sunday & Thursday, beginning Sunday, July 23.

Call For Artists

Artists are invited to participate in a special exhibit at the Roslindale Library in October 2017. The theme of the exhibit is "Getting to know you through our cultures." The cultures of Roslindale come from all over the world. We seek art that gives a visual of some aspect of these cultures and heritage, whether landscape, food, people, transportation, etc.

Deadline to enter is August 31. Email an image of your proposed art piece to janice@artfulgift.com (subject line: Roslindale Library Exhibit) along with the following information: your name, address, telephone, the title of art, art medium, the size of the art piece, culture it represents and a paragraph about yourself and your culture.

The exhibit will run for a month at the Roslindale Library, 4246 Washington Street, Roslindale, MA. There will be an opening reception on 10/19 and an open house during Open Studios on 10/21. You will be notified when to drop off your art piece.