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Resources can help with the long-overdue conversation about race relations in America

We, as a library staff and board of trustees, recognize this is a painful time for our community and country.  As we once again wrestle with our country's long history of racial injustice and horrific incidences of police brutality perpetrated against Black people, we feel a responsibility to help bring about positive and lasting change. Today, like too many other days, the trauma that Black, Brown and multiracial children and families are experiencing is a national crisis that requires action. This can begin with examining our own biases and learning more about the history of race relations in America and the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Recent events have saddened and troubled each of us and it is clear that, as a society, we have much work to do. The mission of Worthington Librariesconnecting people to a world of ideas and each other—is so crucial in this moment in history. We believe our library must be a resource to encourage civil discourse that will allow our community to have the difficult, but necessary conversations to finally face the legacy of racial inequality, bias and a system that has left far too many behind for far too long. 

We have put together the following list of resources to help you get started and will look for additional ways to engage with our community around this issue. It is our hope that this is just the beginning of this important and long overdue conversation.

Children

Fiction

Nonfiction

Podcasts

KidNuz

This episode of a news podcast for children ages 8-14 reports on Blackout Tuesday and Colors of the World.

So Get Me

Brought to you by the music group the Alphabet Rockers, this podcast, narrated by both adults and children, explores a variety of identities and stories from real people.

Websites for families

Teens

Fiction

Nonfiction

Podcasts

Blak's Story

In Blak's Story, from StoryCorps, Yanier "Blak" Moore chronicles life in Chicago's notorious Ida B. Wells public housing projects.

YR Media

This network of young journalists and artists reports on stories from a teen's point of view and provide ways for teens to get involved in issues important to them.

Websites for families

Great Stories Club

This collaboration between the American Library Association and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation explores race, identity and relationship-building.

How Much Racism Do You Face Every Day?

To see how your experience with discrimination compares with others', answer some of the questions in this New York Times quiz that were posed to 101 black teenagers as part of a study measuring the racism they face daily. (Hitting a paywall? Use our free access to the New York Times to read this article and more.)

Adults

Nonfiction

Podcasts

1619

A six-part New York Times podcast, hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Intersectionality Matters

A podcast hosted by Kimberlé Crenshaw, an American civil rights advocate and a leading scholar of critical race theory. Crenshaw coined the term "intersectionality" in 1989.

Movies

Websites

Get involved

Antiracist Research & Policy Center

The mission of The Antiracist Research & Policy Center (ARPC) is to convene and team up varied specialists to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice.

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.

Campaign Zero

Funds donated to Campaign Zero support the analysis of policing practices across the country, research to identify effective solutions to end police violence, technical assistance to organizers leading police accountability campaigns and the development of model legislation and advocacy to end police violence nationwide.

Loveland Foundation

The Loveland Foundation was established in 2018 by Rachel Cargle to raise funds to make it possible for Black women and girls nationally to receive therapy support.

Rochelle Wilkerson

I serve as the President of the Worthington Libraries Board of Trustees. I am the supervisor for early childhood education at Columbus City Schools. Learn more about me!