DCL & Racial Justice

Drake Community Library joins libraries across the nation in affirming that Black Lives Matter. The following definition and statement from the Government Alliance on Race & Equity echoes the DCL mission statement and core values.

Racial Equity: When race can no longer be used to predict life outcomes and life outcomes for all groups are improved.

 Across the United States, public libraries aim to create welcoming and inclusive spaces; advocate for freedom of inquiry and expression; foster civic participation and economic opportunity; and ensure literacy and lifelong learning. At the heart of these goals is the premise of equity — a shared aspiration that every person might have all they need to succeed.

Source document: Advancing Racial Equity in Public Libraries: Case Studies from the Field, an issue brief from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race & Equity. https://www.racialequityalliance.org/
Full document: https://www.racialequityalliance.org/resources/advancing-racial-equity-in-public-libraries-case-studies-from-the-field/

The following reading lists are provided to assist our community in learning more about racial equity concepts, issues, and strategies.  All titles are available for checkout at Drake Community Library.

Racial Justice Reading List – Adult Collections

Racial Justice Reading List – Youth

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