I am working with Rise Up Against Racism to bring a Little Free Antiracist Library to our neighborhood because I believe in the power of books to open minds, spark conversation and inspire change.
I truly believe that the educating our children is the key to raising a generation of antiracist humans. This past summer, I made a commitment to myself to learn what it means to be antiracist. For me, this has meant reading books and articles. I cannot teach my young daughters, other children, or my community, if I do not understand antiracism myself.
By bringing a Little Free Antiracist Library to our area, we will be able to bring the community together, create a space for vital conversations about antiracism, and ensure that both children and adults have ready access to books that elevate Black perspectives and diverse voices in order to inspire us all to understand and actively dismantle racism.
We know how important it is for children and adults to engage with books that provide mirrors to their own lives and windows into others’ lived experiences. The carefully curated selection of books by Rise Up Against Racism are purchased from Black-owned bookstores like Marcus Books, that span multiple reading levels and provide sources of powerful inspiration, vital knowledge, and important lessons for humans of all ages. Read more about the books. In addition, the libraries will be painted by a Bay Area Black artist who will transform the library into a functional piece of community art.
For every library built, Rise Up Against Racism will also gift another one through their Community Antiracism Reading and Engagement (CARE) Program that leverages a one-for-one giving model to provide under-resourced communities with Little Free Antiracist Libraries.
Please consider donating to help us bring this important Little Free Antiracist Library to our area!
(Watercolor mural picture by Jennifer Rosdail)