As the Dayton area joins the rest of the nation in exploring and confronting issues of inequality, racism and justice reform, Dayton Metro Library invites the public to participate in a special community-wide reading project centered on the book Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad.
“This special version of The Big Read encourages all of us to focus on one topic, one book, together,” said Tim Kambitsch, Dayton Metro Library’s Executive Director. “This highly-regarded title offers a self-guided journey that invites readers to explore their own thoughts, and perhaps empower them to have a few uncomfortable self-conversations, and then engage meaningfully with others.”
The 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. It is available for unlimited borrowing in eBook and Audiobook formats on OverDrive through July 31.
“The unlimited simultaneous user license we acquired means all of Dayton could read and discuss this book at once, and contribute to the community conversation about racism,” said Kambitsch.
Dayton Metro Library and the Dayton Daily News will host a live streaming Panel Discussion, Wednesday, July 8, 5 - 6 p.m., moderated by DDN Community Impact Editor, Amelia Robinson. Questions for the panelists to consider should be submitted in advance to the Facebook event page or online here.
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
“We have no doubt that hearing from these respected community leaders will help all of us better understand racism locally, and feel more knowledgeable and confident discussing ways we can move our community forward as a result,” said Kambitsch.
In addition to the Panel Discussion, the Library will offer suggested activities posted soon at BigRead.org, as well as tips for forming Book Circles to continue the discussion in the comign days.
“Essential to our mission is to share resources and provide a platform for increased knowledge, allowing you to explore and learn in your own ways, said Kambitsch. “Our strategic plan recognizes the important role that our Library can - and should - play toward achieving equity. We believe our community cannot reach its full potential until all of our citizens are successful. As such, your DML will remain focused for impact, investing time, energy and resources in our most challenged communities and neighborhoods.”
For more information, visit www.BigRead.org.