Cleveland Public Library is kicking off its celebration of Black History Month with a conversation about race, racism, and the power of bias. On Saturday, February 8, Robin DiAngelo, author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, and Cleveland native Jennifer Eberhardt, who wrote Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudice that Shapes What We See, Think, and Do, will appear in conversation at 2:00 p.m. at Cleveland State University – Berkman Hall Auditorium in downtown Cleveland.
The conversation is part of the Library’s Writers & Readers series which engages authors, academics, and public figures in discussions surrounding the books and stories that have shaped their lives. “Racism is an uncomfortable topic; however, we feel it’s important to address it in hopes of bringing about change. We’re honored to have DiAngelo and Eberhardt lead this thought-provoking conversation,” said Dr. Sadie Winlock, Chief Equity, Education and Engagement Officer at Cleveland Public Library.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to register ahead of time.
Cleveland Public Library Black History Month Events
Music at Main: The Whitehouse Band
A performance by Cleveland jazz group, The Whitehouse Band, in celebration of Black History Month.
Louis Stokes Wing – Indoor Reading Garden, Saturday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.
What They Don’t Tell You at the Hair Salon
Author and Cosmetologist LaDosha Wright addresses the legalities, racial inequalities as they relate to hair, the democracy of hair, and shares the history to demystify what stirs the masses about hair as it relates to race, culture, tradition and fashion. Registration
Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch, Saturday, February 15, 2:00 p.m.
Let Freedom Sing
Tri-C Creative Arts Academy students will perform. “Let Freedom Sing” includes vocal, instrumental, and spoken word selections to celebrate freedom and diversity through arts and culture while showcasing the talents of young performers.
Louis Stokes Wing Auditorium, Saturday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.
Oberlin Sanctuary Project
An exhibit and program documents the history of Oberlin’s efforts to provide sanctuary, safe haven, and assistance for those in need. This history includes stories of Oberlin residents and Oberlin College students and faculty members assisting runaway slaves on the Underground Railroad before the American Civil War. A reception will follow.
Langston Hughes Branch, Saturday, February 22, 2:00 p.m.
Inclusion Refocused: Race Conversations & the Urgency of Now
Diversity & Inclusion Strategist James E. Wright leads a discussion about race, diversity and inclusion. Registration
Main Library, 3rd Floor, Cleveland Digital Public Library
Saturday, February 29, 2:00 p.m.
Additional Black History Month Programming Near You
From celebrating Maya Angelou’s poetry to discussing the cultural impact of Spike Lee’s films, there are many great programs happening at a Library branch near you!