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Activism, Anti-Racism, Dissent and Peaceful Protest: Black Lives Matter

History of Peaceful Protest and 1st Amendment Rights

What Does it Mean Black Lives Matter

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Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international human rights movement, originating from within the African-American community, which campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. BLM regularly holds protests speaking out against police brutality and police killings of black people, and broader issues such as racial profiling, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Lives_Matter  

America Library Association--Black Lives Matter

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/diversity/librariesrespond/black-lives-matter  

In late spring 2020, amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic, people across the world gathered in large and small demonstrations to protest the murder of George Floyd and draw attention to the ongoing systemic issue of police violence. The protests calling for justice give voice to trauma and justified anger in Black communities terrorized by centuries of police violence and anti-Black racism. 

Although the pandemic-induced threat of layoffs and high unemployment, lack of health resources, challenges in education, and insecure housing are new to many, Black and Brown communities across the nation have had to contend with these challenges as daily facts of life. 

The librarian profession suffers from a persistent lack of racial and ethnic diversity that shows few signs of improving. In 2018, just 6.8 percent of librarians identified as Black or African American. 

Many people are feeling helpless, but there are many ways we can center the voices and experiences of Black library workers, the Black community, support the broader Black Lives Matter movement, fight against police violence, and help the cause of racial justice.

Videos on Black Lives Matter

Readings on Black Lives Matter--ebooks available through the John B. Coleman Library