About Libraries, Learning and Anti-racism

By Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, library director

I had the honor of growing up in a diverse community, attending school that included many cultures (over 70 languages), and having friends with many backgrounds.  I continue to enjoy many friendships that expose me to a variety of cultures and backgrounds.  I am fortunate.

Years ago, I began a journey to read more diverse authors.  This has exposed me to different cultures, countries, and backgrounds of people who are different from me.  I don’t have all the answers, but part of my purpose in life is to do better, and in order to do that I need to know and learn.  Hurting each other must stop.  I have always worried about hurting people without realizing it.  “When you know better, you do better,” said author Maya Angelou.

I have learned a lot from my background experiences – many I took for granted because I didn’t see them as unique but as normal.  But I am working to educate myself on concepts like privilege and racism.  I continue to learn how to be an ally, someone who listens and accepts being uncomfortable.  

Here are a few books that might be of interest to you:

And here are more titles on my reading list:

I have found these TED talks inspiring:

May our library always be a safe harbor, always be welcoming, and always be a space to learn and explore as we grow into better versions of ourselves.  Black stories matter.  

 

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