READ is a collaboration between Champaign-Urbana area public and academic libraries that seeks to promote racial literacy and discussion, and to encourage anti-racist activism and self-reflection. Each month we will read, listen to, or watch media centered around a specific theme and participate in a moderated discussion, reflecting on what we learned, and what action items we can complete.
Sunday, August 9: James Baldwin
Celebrate James Baldwin by reading his works and discuss how they relate to current issues. Dr. Eddie Glaude, author of a new book about Baldwin's legacy and lessons, will join the discussion.
Sunday, September 20: Black Literature
Enjoy fiction written by black authors!
Sunday, October 11: Police Violence, Mass Incarceration, and the Criminal Justice System
George Floyd's murder is one of the most recent examples of violence and brutality directed at black people at the hands of police. This month we will explore work that contextualizes the history and continual marginalization of black people in the criminal justice system.
Danville Public Library
Mahomet Public Library
Parkland College Library
Philo Public Library
Rantoul Public Library
St. Joseph Township Library
University High School Library
Urbana Free Library
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library