Cleveland Public Library Presents Two Days of Racial Justice Events

Fri 12/4 @ 10AM-3PM

Sat 12/5 @ noon

While it’s disappointing that people can’t gather in person for an event that would surely be enhanced by a face-to-face exchange of ideas, the Cleveland Public Library is forging ahead with a virtual two-day event featuring authors who write about racial justice and diversity.

It kicks off on Friday December 4 with the CLEReads Young Adult Book Festival, hosted in partnership with College Now. It opens at 9:45 with music provided by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and will feature authors in sessions on topics such as “Low-Key Levity: Infusing Love, Laughter and Light into Difficult Storytelling” and Tackling Racism in Young Adult Literature,” the latter featuring four authors including Dr. Ibram X. Kendi (pictured), whose book How To Be an Antiracist has gained widespread attention in the wake of this year’s protests.

Despite its name, the event is open to people of all ages.

On Saturday December 5, the library will present a conversation with public interest lawyer Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative. He’ll talk about racial bias in the criminal justice system and what we can do to address it.

Go here to register for these events.

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One Response to “Cleveland Public Library Presents Two Days of Racial Justice Events”

  1. Cheryl Kaspar

    I TRULY appreciated all of the speakers and the topic. I am white and learning what white privilege is, but more importantly what the racial bias, unjustness, etc. are. My church is focused on this for this entire upcoming year. We had a huge book club reading Just Mercy, and are summarizing chapters of White Fragility to raise awareness and educate, and are forming action plans to be part of the solution for ALL marginalized people. Is there a place to see the talks now as many were unable to attend and want to hear these powerful voices and thoughts and realities. I would very much appreciate that.

    Thank you again for such amazing work! I am in Naperville IL, a parishioner of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. Far away from you but close online. Prayers for continued strength of conviction, doing the hard work, and for people coming together as one.

    With much gratitude

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