Month: June 2020

University Libraries Offers Anti-Racism Resources and Book Discussions

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Martin Luther King in Boston, April 23, 1965, image from WSUL Special Collections and Archives

Wright State University has an unwavering commitment to diversity and inclusion. In support of President Edwards’ encouragement to “take advantage of campus resources to find compassion, support, and understanding,” and in response to student requests for reading lists and suggestions, the University Libraries staff have prepared a guide of anti-racism resources, organized a book discussion, and are participating in a community-wide book discussion on racism.  Highlights of each of these activities is below. 

Anti-Racism Resource Guide

This guide organizes a variety of resources in one place.  Resources include: research databases focused on anti-racism and criminal justice;  fiction and non-fiction books in the Libraries’ collection about racism and white supremacy (request these for curbside pickup); media and videos from the Libraries’ Kanopy collection and YouTube selections; campus resources for health, wellness and support; and links to additional reading lists and recommended resources from national organizations.  If you have suggestions for other resources to add, you may direct those to mandy.shannon@wright.edu.

Book Discussion:  An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

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Join us on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. via WebEx for a book discussion on Tayari Jones’ award-winning novel, An American Marriage. Dr. Lynette Jones, Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature will provide an introduction for our discussion, moderated by Dr. Sarah Twill, Professor in the Department of Social Work.  Copies of An American Marriage are available at the Dunbar Library and local public libraries.  Registration is available and is optional. Please join us!

The Big Read: Anti-Racism, Justice, and Equity – Dayton Metro Library Program

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Dayton Metro Library invites you to participate in a special community-wide Big Read project, centered on the book Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad. This book takes readers on a 28-day journey to dismantle the privilege within themselves so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on people of color, and in turn, help other white people to do better, too. A live streamed panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, July 8th from 5 – 6 p.m. on Facebook.

Panelists Include:

  • Amelia Robinson, Community Impact Editor, DDN (Moderator)
  • Debbie Feldman, President and CEO, Dayton Children’s Hospital
  • Shannon Isom, President & CEO, YWCA Dayton
  • Kevin M. Kelly, Executive Director, Dayton International Peace Museum
  • Brian O. Martin, Executive Director, Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

More information is available from the Dayton Metro Library.