BCPL and Mary­land Lynch­ing Me­mo­rial Project part­ner on monthly ‘anti-racism book dis­cus­sion’

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

— Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary an­nounced that it has part­nered with the Mary­land Lynch­ing Me­mo­rial Project for a monthly An­tiRacism Book Dis­cus­sion. The dis­cus­sions, hosted via Zoom, will take place on the third Tues­day of each month.

Say It Louder! Black Vot­ers, White Nar­ra­tives, and Sav­ing Our Democ­racy by Tif­fany Cross was se­lected as the sub­ject of the group’s first dis­cus­sion on Sep­tem­ber 15.

With mul­ti­ple ten­ta­cles stretch­ing into the cable news echo cham­ber, cam­paign lead­er­ship, and Black voter data, Cross cre­ates a wrin­kle in time with a re­flec­tive look at the time­less ef­forts end­lessly at­tempt­ing to deny peo­ple of color the right to vote—a ba­sic tenet of Amer­i­can democ­racy. The book can be bor­rowed in var­i­ous for­mats from the li­brary’s col­lec­tion.

“Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing pro­grams and ser­vices that strengthen our com­mu­ni­ties and ad­dress the cur­rent needs and in­ter­ests of the peo­ple we serve,” said Adult and Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment Man­ager Julie Bro­phy.

“Book dis­cus­sions are, of course, a nat­u­ral for li­braries and a great way to build an em­pa­thetic com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially in the vir­tual space we’re in right now. The Anti-Racism Book Dis­cus­sions will bring to­gether our skilled li­brary staff and the breadth of knowl­edge from the Mary­land Lynch­ing Me­mo­rial Project to pro­vide a well-rounded dis­cus­sion on great books.”

The dis­cus­sion will be mod­er­ated by li­brary staff, in­clude rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Mary­land Lynch­ing Me­mo­rial Project and fea­ture spe­cial guest Mary­land ACLU Di­rec­tor Dana Vick­ers Shel­ley.

“We are ex­cited about this part­ner­ship with Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary,” said Mary­land Lynch­ing Me­mo­rial Project Pres­i­dent Will Sch­warz.

“Our or­ga­ni­za­tion is con­stantly look­ing for new ways to en­cour­age thought­ful dis­cus­sion around racial eq­uity is­sues. This is es­pe­cially im­por­tant now when nor­mal life has been sus­pended. We hope the Anti-Racism Book Dis­cus­sion will en­cour­age peo­ple to con­sider how the myth of white supremacy con­tin­ues to cor­rupt our na­tion. We be­lieve the club will pro­vide a wel­come op­por­tu­nity for healthy civil dis­course among read­ers.”

Full in­for­ma­tion about the pro­gram and ad­di­tional anti-racism re­sources can we found on Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary’s blog page at www.bcpl.info/ blog/2020/li­brar y-to-host-an­tiracism-book-dis­cus­sion

Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­braries 19 branches are safe zones, civic cen­ters, tech­nol­ogy hubs and spa­ces for ideas and learn­ing. Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary has of­fer­ings for the en­tire fam­ily to ex­plore, learn, cre­ate and con­nect. For more in­for­ma­tion about branches and ser­vices, visit bcpl. info and fol­low Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

Say It Louder! Black Vot­ers, White Nar­ra­tives, and Sav­ing Our Democ­racy by Tif­fany Cross was se­lected as the sub­ject of the group’s first dis­cus­sion on Sep­tem­ber 15.

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