R.E.A.D. (Racial Education, Activism. and Discussion)

September 20, 2020, 4:00 pm to October 11, 2020, 5:00 pm

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. 

Participating Libraries: 

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