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Black History Month 2022: Watch Anytime

Thanks to the many Massachusetts public libraries who have sponsored these events over time. And a special thanks to the many speakers who have allowed our libraries to share a recording of the program afterwards.

Isabel Wilkerson: National Book Festival 2021

Isabel Wilkerson, author of “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents” (Random House), discusses the timeliness of her work, the historical foundations for her argument about caste in American society and the power of narrative nonfiction.

The Power Of Protest Images In The Black Freedom Struggle

Join Dr. Brenna Greer, professor at Wellesley College, for a virtual tour of the significant images, protest signs, and social media posts that have come out of the civil rights movement and Black Lives Matter movement.

The Roots Of Black Music In America

Karlus Trapp's delightful, educational, and entertaining presentation -- 'The Roots of Black Music in America' -- is a 100+ year journey back through time to hear and learn about the music of America's black musical giants.

Courageous Conversations: What Positive Justice Looks Like

Courageous Conversations: What Positive Justice Looks Like from Memorial Hall Library on Vimeo.

UTEC's team discusses their nationally recognized model which begins with intensive street outreach, correctional facility in-reach, and gang peacemaking, engaging our most disconnected young adults by meeting them “where they’re at.” UTEC’s mission and promise is to ignite and nurture the ambition of our most disconnected young people to trade violence and poverty for social and economic success. Today they serve Lowell, Lawrence, and Haverhill, MA and are nationally recognized as a model agency serving justice-involved young adults. Their wraparound program is designed to never give up on young adults as they overcome personal, health, and institutional barriers to improving their lives.

North Andover Race Amity Day - Anti-Racism Books

A People's Guide To Greater Boston

Join Joseph Nevins, Suren Moodliar, and Eleni Macrakis -- authors of A People's Guide To Greater Boston -- to learn about the well-known and little-known significant places and people in our area involved in movements to abolish slavery; to end war and militarism; to achieve Native sovereignty, racial equity, gender justice, and sexual liberation; and to secure workers' right.

Interracial Friendships In Youth: Obstacles & Possibilities

Join Professor Cinzia Pica-Smith to learn why interracial friendships are so rare in both children and adults.

Racism & Civil Rights: A Historical Perspective

The United States has reached a critical time as civil unrest and mass protests against racist policies become more frequent across the country. To help us understand how we arrived at this point, professor David Kalivas offers a reflection on the history of racism and civil rights in the United States.

Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusions and Evolving Views on Race

Norman Rockwell: Inclusion, Exclusion and Evolving Views on Race from Memorial Hall Library on Vimeo.