Race and Inclusion

Racial Justice and Inclusiveness Initiative

 

The Friends of Roslindale Branch Library have formed a Racial Justice and Inclusiveness Initiative 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.

Schedule of Events:

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
400 Souls
Saturdays, November 6, 13 & 20
9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)

*** Back by popular demand!*** We will discuss the collaborative book, Four Hundred Souls, a unique one-volume “community” history of African Americans.  (We will discuss different chapters than the ones we read last May.) The editors, Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain, have assembled ninety brilliant writers, each of whom takes on a five-year period of that four-hundred-year span. The writers explore their periods through a variety of techniques: historical essays, short stories, personal vignettes, and fiery polemics. They approach history from various perspectives: through the eyes of towering historical icons or the untold stories of ordinary people; through places, laws, and objects. We will also discuss the controversial debate around including antiracist education in schools, especially recent pushback against Kendi's books and the 1619 Project.

The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank.  You can get the book from bpl.org or an online bookstore like Rozzie Bound, which has the book listed on the Friends "Black Histories and Futures" adult virtual bookshelf.  The Friends will receive 50% of proceeds from each book sold.  You can find the virtual shelf here: https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound.

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 Roslindale Branch librarian Jennifer Hawes at roslindale@bpl.org.  Please write "400 Souls Discussion" in 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.
  • Jennifer 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 Jennifer, please assume that you are not registered.

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

Online Race and Inclusion Book Discussion:
Beloved
Saturdays, January 8, 22 and 29
9:15 - 11 AM (Morning) or 2 - 3:45 PM (Afternoon)

We will discuss Toni Morrison's Beloved. This magnificent Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--first published in 1987--brought the unimaginable experience of slavery into the literature of our time and into our comprehension. Set in post-Civil War Ohio, it is the story of Sethe, an escaped slave who has risked her life in order to wrench herself from a living death; who has lost a husband and buried a child; who has borne the unthinkable and not gone mad. Sethe, who now lives in a small house on the edge of town with her daughter, Denver, her mother-in-law, Baby Suggs, and a disturbing, mesmerizing apparition who calls herself Beloved. We will also discuss the controversial debate around book bannings in schools and libraries, especially recent pushback against Morrison's books and other antiracist books.

The discussion will happen on Zoom and will be led by local educator Josh Frank.  You can get the book from bpl.org or an online bookstore like Rozzie Bound, which has the book listed on the Friends "Black Histories and Futures" adult virtual bookshelf.  The Friends will receive 50% of proceeds from each book sold.  You can find the virtual shelf here: https://bookshop.org/shop/rozziebound.

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 Roslindale Branch librarian Jennifer Hawes at jamaicaplain@bpl.org.  Please write "Beloved Discussion" in 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.
  • Jennifer 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 Jennifer, please assume that you are not registered.

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