DiverseCITY Cleveland

DiverseCITY Cleveland: conversations on social action and social justice

Cleveland Public Library hosts a series of conversations that matter to our community along with civics courses, educational opportunities, and social justice actions and events relevant to local and national efforts.

Human Trafficking Awareness

Learn tools to identify human trafficking, increase knowledge of community-based resources for survivors and how to refer survivors to them, and identify ways to prevent human trafficking.

Wednesday, January 26 | 6 – 7:30pm

Creating Visibility to the Rising Victimization of Black Women and Girls

Sexual violence has historically been used as a tool to control individuals and groups of people in the United States. When addressing the sexual violence faced by Black women and girls, we must examine the historical trauma associated with the continued victimization experienced by Black women.

Wednesday, February 23 | 6 – 7:30pm

The Intersection: A Conversation On Gender, Class, And Victimization

Women’s History Month provides us with the opportunity to consider the numerous aspects of women’s lives today. #MeToo and #TimesUp are just some of the many signs of our society’s growing acknowledgment that gender-based violence occurs in our homes, communities, prisons, and workforces. CPL and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will host a community forum to address the intersection of gender, class, and victimization.

Wednesday, March 23 | 6 – 7:30pm

Survivors Fear: A Conversation on Sexual Assault

Survivors of sexual violence often don’t disclose their victimization due to the fear of not being believed. Cleveland Rape Crisis Center will facilitate a community conversation to increase the community’s awareness regarding the prevalence of sexual violence, the impact, and how to support a loved one when they disclose. The forum will consist of a brief presentation and panel discussion with Cleveland Rape Crisis Center professionals who work with survivors of sexual violence.

Wednesday, April 27 | 6 – 7:30pm

Hair Story: untangling the roots of Black hair in America by Ayana D. Byrd

A chronicle of black hair in America looks back at the styles, myths, and grooming techniques adopted by African Americans throughout their history.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men — bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Between the World and Me is Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son — and readers — the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder.

White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide by Carol Anderson

From the Civil War to our combustible present, acclaimed historian Carol Anderson reframes our continuing conversation about race, chronicling the powerful forces opposed to black progress in America.

We Are Not Yet Equal by Carol Anderson


DiverseCITY Cleveland is the Cleveland Public Library’s social justice program introducing social action and social justice conversations that matter to the community. Such conversations will include civics courses, educational opportunities, and events related to social justice and social actions efforts in Cleveland and the United States.

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