Representation in Film and Television #TheNext400

In 1964, Sidney Poitier broke down barriers when he became the first black male to win the Academy Award for Best Actor. How far has America come with representation in film and television since his achievement? With the Oscars now in the books, which steps are still needed to achieve equality on-screen and behind the scenes. Join the discussion! Moderator:…

Recommended Reading – Community Policing #TheNext400

Here are a few titles for your next book club. Cleveland Public Library has curated a list of recommended reads that highlight the angst stemming from community policing, told from a Black perspective. These reads are in partnership with Cleveland 19’s The Next 400 series. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas More Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Black Liberation, Organization Strategy, and the History of Discrimination in the United States

Black Lives Matter has given the black community a unified voice since 2013. However, protests and the fight for equality in the United States for people of color extend back further than this decade. Below are recommended titles from our Center for Local and Global History department which help bring historical context to the black liberation movements, the organization strategies,…

Count on Us: Undercounted Communities

Have you filled out your Census? Cleveland Public Library wants to make sure more people do. According to completecountcle.org, the city of Cleveland ranks last among big cities when it comes to responding to the Census. From June to October, the Library will tackle hot button topics to educate the community on the importance of the Census. The discussions will take…

Recommended Reading for Read Across America Day 2020

Babies Jane Foster’s Black and White by Jane Foster This high-contrast board book will appeal to babies learning to explore their new world. I’m Going to Preschool by Marion Cocklico Prep your little one for preschool with a book that peeks into an average school day. Play! Play! Play! by Douglas Florian Join in on a playdate adventure that takes…