Black Lives Matter

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ABA’s statement on Black Lives Matter:

Issued on June 3, 2020

We stand against racism and we support voices for justice.

Black Lives Matter.

Today and in the days ahead, we will be sharing antiracism resources and content from our past diversity programming, announcing new diversity and antiracism programming, reposting from Black-owned bookstores on social media, and centering Black voices.

ABA issued this statement following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer on May 25, 2020, and the resulting protests taking place in cities across the country.

 

Antiracism Resources:

A Google document created by activist Sarah Sophie Flicker and writer Alyssa Klein in May 2020 serves as a resource to white people and parents who want to engage in antiracism work. The document features articles, books, videos, podcasts, and movies and TV series that may help those working to better understand racism and advance their antiracism work. 

 

Fighting Racism Books from BuzzfeedReading Lists for Allies, Advocates, and All:

Bookshop: Equity, Justice, and Inclusion 2020 Community Read

Buzzfeed: An Essential Reading Guide for Fighting Racism

EmbraceRace: Looking for Excellent “Diverse” Books for Children? Start Here!

Libro.fm (audiobooks): This List is Anti-Racist

 

Publishers have created a number of book lists on Edelweiss that feature the topics of diversity, race, antiracism, and more. (Note: titles may be by Black authors/illustrators and/or feature Black/African American characters or content). Many of these lists will continue to be updated as new books are published.

 

ABA Initiatives:

  • New initiatives across ABA social media channels to feature authors and characters of color as well as to center Black booksellers and their stories

  • A Children’s Institute virtual training on “Anti-Racist Allyship: Awareness, Knowledge, and Skills to Foster Equity with Cultures Connecting” on Wednesday, July 15

  • A Children’s Institute virtual education session on “Representation in Science Fiction and Fantasy Young Adult and Middle Grade Books” on Wednesday, July 15

  • Sharing critical resources on allyship, sales updates, and title lists in ABA’s daily updates

  • A training on implicit bias and race relations for ABA’s Board of Directors with Cultures Connecting

  • A second training with Cultures Connecting for ABA’s entire staff

  • A special ABA Coffee Break on June 4 with Left Bank Books staff members on their past and present experience as a store in the center of race-related protests. Booksellers were encouraged to attend to ask questions about topics related to the antiracism protests, from operational needs during riots to their store’s responsibility to its community. 

     

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