Greenwich Library: Virtual Conversation About Race with Ijeoma Oluo
Author of '
So You Want to Talk About Race'

Monday, 7/20 at 7:00 pm | In case you missed it, listen to the event on Vimeo

Hear from Ijeoma Oluo, Seattle-based speaker and author of The New York Times bestselling book So You Want to Talk About Race, in conversation with journalist and author Joanne Lipman.

This virtual event is set to encourage ongoing discussion about race and fulfill a growing desire to understand systemic racism, explore issues related to racial injustice, as well as give participants tools to be better allies and take action.

In her 2018 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 myths in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible: honest conversations about race and racism. We encourage you to check out the book beforehand—the audiobook is available with no wait time through the Digital Library.

Joanne Lipman has served as Editor in Chief at USA Today, USA Today Network, Conde Nast, and The Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Journal. She is currently the inaugural Distinguished Journalism Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. She is also a CNBC on-air contributor and author of the bestseller, That’s What She Said: What Men and Women Need to Know About Working Together.


In Conversation: Isabel Wilkerson and Jacqueline Woodsen
August 10, 2020 at 8:00PM
by the California African American Museum. Register here

Pulitzer Prize-winner Isabel Wilkerson, the acclaimed author of The Warmth of Other Suns, discusses her latest book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, with award-winning children's author Jacqueline Woodson. Wilkerson’s new immersive narrative examines how America has been shaped by an unspoken caste system and the impacts of this rigid hierarchy of human divisions on our lives today. Linking the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany, she explores eight pillars that underlie these systems across civilizations, including divine will, bloodlines, stigma, and more. RSVP for Zoom instructions.

Thursday, July 16 2020 at 4:00 pm EST Missed the live event? Listen here.

Race, Redlining, and Resistance: Libraries in the Making of the Next Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, September 17 from 6:30-7:30 pm

In this presentation Tracie D. Hall, tenth Executive Director of the American Library Association, reflects on public libraries’ status as contested spaces in the early Civil Rights Movement and the degree to which libraries of all kinds are called now more than ever to fulfill the promise of social and economic enfranchisement to all.

View the recording here.

Denver Public Library (DPL) Advancing Racial Equity & Inclusion in the Workplace Symposium (July 8-10, 2020)
- Full sessions on YoutTube | Resource List | Library Journal Recap | 2020 DPL Advance Racial Equity Playlist

Catch the replays and discover the best talks: Speakers List

Thursday, May 27, 2021 from 1:00 - 2:30pm
Webinar: CT BookMobiles on the Move
Presenter slides | view recording on YouTube

BCALA-CT Selects: Jennifer Turner Smith

Thursday, Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 pm

View the recording here.

Child Bride is the story of the segregated south of the mid-1900s, fourteen-year-old Nell bears witness to a world that embraces the oppression of women. She is fascinated with the prospect of being an independent person—but when she turns sixteen, she is married off and brought to the city of Boston as a bride.

Child Bride was named best fiction e-book for 2020 by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, and BiblioBoard. The award honors the best self-published e-books in fiction and poetry by an African American author in the U.S. and 2020 NYC Big Book Award recipient.

Jennifer Smith Turner is a New England–born writer. She is the author of two poetry books, Lost and Found: Rhyming Verse Honoring African American Heroes and Perennial Secrets: Poetry & Prose. Her work has been included in Vineyard Poets, an anthology of poems by Martha’s Vineyard writers, and in numerous literary publications. Her poems frequently appear in the Vineyard Gazette.

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