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
This young adult adaptation of the New York Times bestselling White Rage is essential antiracist reading for teens. An NAACP Image Award finalist. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the YearA NYPL Best Book for Teens
History texts often teach that the United States has made a straight line of progress toward Black equality. The reality is more complex: milestones like the end of slavery, school integration, and equal voting rights have all been met with racist legal and political maneuverings meant to limit that progress. We Are Not Yet Equal examines five of these moments: The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with Jim Crow laws; the promise of new opportunities in the North during the Great Migration was limited when blacks were physically blocked from moving away from the South; the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 led to laws that disenfranchised millions of African American voters and a War on Drugs that disproportionally targeted blacks; and the election of President Obama led to an outburst of violence including the death of Black teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the election of Donald Trump. Including photographs and archival imagery and extra context, backmatter, and resources specifically for teens, this book provides essential history to help work for an equal future.
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.