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Resources on Race
Empathy and education have always been central to our mission at the Meridian Library District. We stand against racism and injustice, and we remain committed to providing a safe space for everyone in our community.
As a public library, we are an educational organization and facilitator of community conversations. We know those roles are especially important in a time that demands reflection and action.
Below, we have compiled materials that examine the legacy of racial injustice in this country and offer avenues for meaningful change. We will continue to research and add resources to these lists, but we know this is only a starting point.
Though the ongoing public health crisis has temporarily changed the way we offer programs, we hope to provide digital opportunities to engage in critical community dialogue in the coming weeks. At all times, we will work to facilitate connection, encourage lifelong learning, and promote understanding.
Reading and Viewing Lists for Adults
Antiracist Reading and Viewing (Library Journal)
Race and the Gem States (Idaho Public Television)
Racial Unrest (Boise Public Radio)
The 1619 Project and Podcast: An ongoing initiative from The New York Times Magazine that began in August 2019, the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. It aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. You may need to create a free account with the New York Times to view the project.
Antiracism for Teens
Code Switch Podcast (NPR)
Black Lives Matter: Resources and Ways You Can Get Involved (Young Invincibles)
Racial Justice and Equity (DoSomething.org)
Talking to Kids About Race
Talking to Children About Racial Bias (American Academy of Pediatrics)
How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism (Parent Toolkit)
Antiracism and Allyship Resources
Talking About Race (Smithsonian)
For Our White Friends Desiring to Be Allies (Sojourners)
The Antiracism Starter Kit (Where Change Started)
Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism (Fractured Atlas)
Juneteenth Reading Lists and Storytimes (New York Public Library)
Juneteenth Through the Eyes of a Nine Year Old – And Her Dad (Boise State Public Radio Morning Edition)
Juneteenth Observed Around the Nation (Boise State News)
The History and Meaning of Juneteenth (The Daily podcast)