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Social Justice: Home

This guide provides the resources, both print and on-line, to gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding social justice in America. Browse the resources or check with the Reference Librarian at your Delaware Public Library.

START HERE

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

FIND IT IN THE CATALOG

Click each title to see all available formats (e-book, e-audio)

News & Updates

 

2021 Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge series,

For five consecutive days each month between February and December 2021, participants are prompted with a daily e-mail challenge — such as reading an article, listening to a podcast, or watching a video–and are then encouraged to reflect on that content and to relate the situation to their own lives. Participants discover how racial inequity and social injustice impact our community. The goal is to build new understandings and new connections and in so doing, to begin dismantling systemic racism in Delaware.

Sign up now for the 2021 Challenge, and check out the 2020 archive for all of last year’s challenge content!

A Statement From:

The Delaware Library Association stands with the Black Lives Matter movement and all those standing against violence, racism, and white supremacy in our country. Our mission is to advocate for, empower, and educate a diverse library community. We unequivocally believe there is no room for racism in a library community that champions inclusivity.

We are committed to helping our patrons find the resources to meet their basic needs as well as ensure their safety. When systemic racism prevents our Black patrons access to these important tenets, it hinders our mission, and we must speak out.

We understand that libraries are typically thought of as neutral spaces, but we believe there is no neutrality in the face of injustice. We choose to connect in solidarity with our Black community. We stand with you, we are here for you, and we commit to listening and learning from you.

We know that libraries have work to do towards eliminating racism and de-centering whiteness in our spaces. As a start, we are sharing a list of anti-racist reading and other resources related to the Black Lives Matter movement to help us as we all strive to be anti-racist in our libraries and in our own lives.

We continue to be inspired by our library workers, our communities, and all those protesting the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and far too many other victims of police brutality.

We will be there alongside you as we all work to transform our society into a more just and equitable one.

Bryan Stevenson, Delaware author of "Just Mercy", makes an impassioned case for confronting racial and economic justice in the American justice system. 

BOOK DISCUSSION KITS

Just Mercy Book Discussion Kits from the Sussex County Department of Libraries. These discussion kits (each kit is different) contain books, discussion questions, and additional resources to expand on your reading of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson