One Topic One Town: A Journey Towards Dismantling Racism

The Swampscott Public Library together with S.U.R.E (Swampscott Unites Respects & Embraces Diversity) is proud to bring you  One Topic One Town: A Journey Towards Dismantling Racism.

Racism is a problem in our country, and no city or town is exempt from it. Our goal is not only to raise awareness about systemic racism in our society, but to take a look at ourselves, at our history, and to elevate the voices of our brothers and sisters of color.

We will start this project in September with a selection of five books, with an age range of child to adult. You may read just one book, or all if you prefer. There is no limit. Following that, we will lay out each month a series of programs around the books, including discussions on the books themselves, lectures, movies, history, podcasts, and presentations. Hopefully in the process we will learn about ourselves and how to be allies to not only the black and brown people in our community, but beyond it as well.

First, let’s read some books!

The books are now ready for checkout! Click on the titles to place a hold!

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi

Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Antiracist Baby by Ibram X. Kendi