Listen, Learn, Particiate: #BlackLivesMatter Event Series

Today, Oakland Public Library kicks off a series of events to foster discussion on racial inequity in policing, prisons and society.

This week Oakland Public Library kicks off a series of events on policing, prisons, racial justice and social change in the United States.

The goals of the series are to foster learning, dialogue, collaboration and action, foregrounding creative, community solutions to racial inequity.

Last Saturday, we kicked off with the documentary film Ferguson: Race and Justice in the U.S. produced by Sweta Vohra of FaultLines at Martin Luther King Jr Library. Following the film, Michael Bell of InPartnership Consulting facilitated a rich and important conversation with attendees.

Over the next few months, we’ll be partnering with community agencies to host other guest speakers, events for parents/children, and book discussions.

Please bookmark this page for continued updates.


Upcoming Events


Octavia’s Brood: Creating Futures Where Black Lives Matter

The editors of a new anthology -- Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements — will lead an interactive discussion on the power of science fiction in Black radical imagination and social change.

Wednesday, April 22, 6:00-7:30pm
African American Museum & Library, 659 14th Street



The Warmth of Other Suns
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30-7:30pm.
Lakeview Library, 550 El Embarcadero

The New Jim Crow
Date and Location TBA. Call for Info: 510-238-6931

More events coming soon.

Why this series? As I wrote in a prior post announcing OPL’s #BlackLivesMatter Resource Series, Oakland Public Library -- like dozens of institutions across the country – sees our responsibility to respond to the national movement uplifting Black humanity, which is embodied in the phrase #BlackLivesMatter. As a center for community learning and an organization that believes in equity, OPL aims to support and expand on these conversations.