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Social Justice Speaker Series

Unique Speakers Series To Open Dialogue About Social Justice


Dayton Metro Library is pleased to introduce a new programming series titled Social Justice Speaker Series, which aims to understand and demonstrate the effects of social justice in society.

This new series will be comprised of unique, award-winning and professional speakers. Patrons will have the opportunity to listen to them discuss some of the most critical social justice issues of today, as they provide insights from their professional fields and personal journeys.

The Friends of the Dayton Metro Library generously sponsored the following Social Justice Speaker Series events: Emiliana Guereca, Saeed Jones, and the Local Children's Author's Book Read & Conversation. The Social Justice Speaker Series will take place at the Main Library. Registration is not required, but each program is designed for a specific age group, as noted.

Kiara Berry Henry L. Benton III Kwaunisha Moore

Local Children’s Author’s Book Read & Conversation

Saturday, July 9, 11 am - 12:30 pm | Main, Eichelberger Forum
For Families and Children up to Grade 4

Three local, first-time authors who seek to inspire children and youth from diverse backgrounds will gather for a moderated author panel and Q&A session led by Te’Jal “TJ” Cartwright. They will also read excerpts from their work. Panelists include: Kiara Berry (Which Cape Will I Wear Today?), Henry L. Benton III (Yes Dad and H is for HBCU’s), and Kwaunisha Moore (Baby Girl, Encourage Yourself). This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library and coincides with DML’s Summer Challenge programming.

Candice Matthews Brackeen

Social Justice Speaker Series:

Candice Matthews Brackeen

Saturday, August 6, 2 - 3:15 pm
Main, Bassani Theater Off Third
For Adults and Teens

Brackeen is a general partner at Lightship Capital, directs programming at Lightship Foundation, expands upon her work driving representation in innovation with her role on the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium for NASA, and sits on the advisory committee and selection committees for technology for the Ohio State University and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. This program coincides with Gem City Black Business Month.

Leah Thomas

Social Justice Speaker Series:

Leah Thomas

Thursday, September 8, 11 am - 12:00 pm & 6 - 7:30 pm
Main, The Eichelberger Forum
For Adults, Teens, and Tweens

Thomas is a celebrated environmentalist based in Santa Barbara, CA, who coined the term “eco-communicator” to describe her style of environmental activism. She is also the founder of eco-lifestyle blog @greengirlleah. Her book, The Intersectional Environmentalist, was published in March. Her writing has also appeared in a variety of publications and numerous podcasts.

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Hanif Abdurraqib

Social Justice Speaker Series:

Hanif Abdurraqib

Tuesday, September 20, 10 - 11:15 am
Main, The Eichelberger Forum
For Adults, Teens, and Tweens

Hanif Abdurraqib is a poet, essayist, and cultural critic from Columbus, Ohio. His poetry has been published in Muzzle, Vinyl, PEN American, and various other journals. His essays and music criticism have been published in The FADER, Pitchfork, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His first full length poetry collection, The Crown Ain't Worth Much, was released in June 2016 from Button Poetry. It was named a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Prize, and was nominated for a Hurston-Wright Legacy Award. His first collection of essays, They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us, was released in winter 2017 by Two Dollar Radio and was named a book of the year by BuzzFeed, Esquire, NPR, Oprah Magazine, Paste, CBC, The Los Angeles Review, Pitchfork, and The Chicago Tribune, among others. He released Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest with University of Texas press in February 2019. The book became a New York Times Bestseller, was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and was longlisted for the National Book Award. His second collection of poems, A Fortune For Your Disaster, was released in 2019 by Tin House, and won the 2020 Lenore Marshall Prize. His newest release, A Little Devil In America (Random House, 2021) was a winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal and the Gordon Burn Prize, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Pen/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award . In 2021, Abdurraqib was named a MacArthur Fellow. He is a graduate of Beechcroft High School.

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Emiliana Guereca

Social Justice Speaker Series:

Emiliana Guereca

Thursday, October 13, 11 am - 12 pm & 6:30 - 8 pm
Main, The Eichelberger Forum
For Adults, Teens, and Tweens

Guereca is an award-winning activist, feminist, entrepreneur, and CEO of the Women’s March Foundation. She devotes much of her time to advocacy programs for women’s rights, Latino education, and gender equality and has served as the bridge between community organizations and coalition building that spans national levels. Her recent endeavor includes launching Women’s March Action, the 501c4 political arm of the Women’s March. Guereca has received many awards over the years for her work. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Dayton Metro Library and coincides with DML Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month programming.

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Michael Thomas Ford

Social Justice Speaker Series:

Michael Thomas Ford

Saturday, October 22, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Main, The Eichelberger Forum
For Adults and Teens

Ohio author Michal Thomas Ford will discuss his many books, which are for both adults and young readers and often focuses on the experience of being part of the LGBTQ community. YA novels include Suicide Notes and Love & Other Curses. Adult novels include Lily, Full Circle, and What We Remember. He is the recipient of five Lambda Literary Awards and has been a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award, the Bram Stoker Award, and the Ignyte Award.

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