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.

1619 Project Discussion
Saturdays, January 4, 11 & 18, 2 - 4 PM
JP Branch Library, 30 South St

We will discuss the 1619 Project, a groundbreaking series of essays, poems, short fiction, and a photo essay featured in the August 14, 2019 edition of the New York Times Magazine. It looks at the legacy of slavery and race in America since the first enslaved Africans were brought to Virginia. The discussion will be led by local educator Josh Frank and a free copy of the magazine's edition can found here or get a print copy at the JP Branch Library.  Please register for the discussion by calling JP library at (617) 524-2053 or in-person at their library's adult reference desk, so they will know how many people to expect for attendance. The discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of JP Branch Library.

Beloved Book Discussion
Saturdays, March 7, 14 & 28, 2- 4 PM
JP Branch Library, 30 South Street

We will discuss Toni Morrison's acclaimed novel about the horrors of American slavery through the eyes of its protagonist Sethe, who was born a slave and escaped to Ohio, but eighteen years later she is still not free. The discussion will be led by local educator Josh Frank and copies of the book can be borrowed from JP Branch Library. Please register for the discussion by calling JP library at (617) 524-2053 or in-person at their library's adult reference desk, so they will know how many people to expect for attendance. The discussion is co-sponsored by the Friends of JP Branch Library.