Richland Library’s “Let’s Talk Race” Community Initiative

Richland Library is launching the “Let’s Talk Race” community initiative. Over the next year, they will host virtual author events, book groups and discussions that encourage honest dialogue on injustices, anti-racism and diversity. In October 2020, there are several opportunities to participate, including a book discussion and a community discussion. SC Humanities supported this programming with a Fast Track Literary Grant.

Upcoming events include:

Let’s Talk Race Book Group
 October 6, 2020
Time: 7 – 8:30 PM
Location: Richland Library Online
Age Recommendation: Adults
Read at your own pace and then join us for a lively digital discussion. This month’s selection is “How to Be an Antiracist” by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. It’s available to download via Overdrive in eBook and eAudiobook formats. Register here.

Let’s Talk Race
Date: October 8, 2020
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Location: Richland Library Online
Age Recommendation: Adults
Richland Library is tackling a variety of topics through the lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. Every discussion is different and offers community members the opportunity to take part in honest and courageous conversations. Members of the library’s Let’s Talk Race team plan to introduce timely subjects that are gripping news headlines across the country. Register here

In addition to the programs, the library intends to bolster its collection, assemble book club sets and distribute titles purposely throughout the community that promote race, equity, and inclusion. The goal is to keep local residents talking, listening and learning more about themselves and others. They can also share their experiences on the library’s new Padlet.

Leading the community initiative is Richland Library’s Let’s Talk Race team, which has received national recognition for its efforts to create civic engagement, build community connections and engage in courageous conversations. Established in 2016, the team consists of diverse staff members who have received training to lead discussions on race, bias, inclusivity and equality.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.