THE LIBRARY IS NOT JUST A RESOURCE. IT'S A COMMUNITY.

THE LIBRARY IS NOT JUST A RESOURCE. IT'S A COMMUNITY.

Libraries provide a safe place for individuals of all ages and backgrounds and for difficult discussions on social issues.  Our nation’s libraries serve all community members, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable in our communities, offering services and educational resources that transform communities, open minds and promote inclusion and diversity.

Join the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the American Library Association on January 22, 2019 for the third annual National Day of Racial Healing.

The National Day of Racial Healing is a time to:

  • Reinforce and honor our common humanity while celebrating the district differences that make our communities vibrant
  • Acknowledge the deep racial divisions that exist in America and must be overcome and healed
  • Commit to engaging people from all racial and ethnic groups in genuine efforts to increase understanding, communication, caring and respect for one another.

Read the American Library Association Proclamation: National Day of Racial Healing (PDF).

Learn more about how libraries are responding and follow the conversation on social media: National Day of Healing on Facebook and Twitter, American Library Association on Twitter, and hashtags: #LibrariesRespond, #HowWeHeal.

Stories can be a powerful tool for talking about complex subjects such as race and social inequity. Here's a recommended reading list to help you get started.

Have a resource to add to the list? Email diversity@ala.org

 

Help us grow this campaign and strengthen our messaging by providing your own take on our Because statements. We’ll use the best statements to inform our national efforts.

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