Race and social equity have come to the forefront of our nation’s political discourse and in our everyday lives. As we celebrate Black History Month, we should reflect on what we can do to contribute to a more just and equitable society.
Why should libraries take this stance? Libraries uphold some of the most fundamental democratic values: equity, civic engagement, and intellectual freedom.
We, along with more than 100 public library systems across the United States and Canada, have signed-on to a statement by the Urban Libraries Council. The statement details our commitment to a more just society in which all community members can realize their full potential.
Throughout the year, Alameda County Library will highlight several programs that help achieve racial and social equity. We are making intentional efforts to create service models for all members of our communities regardless of:
- Geographical Barriers
- Gender Identity or Expression
- National Origin
- Sexual Orientation