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By Scott Kinney

The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library joins the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, the Urban Libraries Council, and the entire library community in denouncing racism and violence towards all people of color.

EVPL stands alongside those who are working toward collective action to end systemic racism and inequity in our community. Racism has deep, long-lasting roots that have caused harm for generations.

Like many of you, we are saddened by the recent and tragic events that ultimately ended the life of George Floyd in Minneapolis. We are heartbroken over the pain and anguish caused by ongoing, systemic injustices and oppression experienced by Black Americans throughout our history. Racism and hate have no place in our community, and here are the actions we are taking now to support you and all of Evansville:

  • Continue to listen to members of our black community and provide unwavering support.
  • Continue to foster an environment that provides an opportunity for open dialogue and civic engagement.
  • Continue to recommend books and other resources to help people learn more about systemic racism and oppression.
  • Continue to provide access to a broad collection that represents the diversity of our community.
  • Continue to help parents and caregivers talk to children and young people about race and racism, so they can understand what is happening around them and stand up for and respect others.

One of the profession’s core values is compassion. The Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library reaffirms its commitment to doing its part to affect change in the fight against racism by continuing to offer relevant resources and programs to enlighten the public of the evils of racism; promote tolerance; advance inclusiveness and diversity of ideas; and serve as a platform for freedom of expression for our community.

Sincerely,

R. Scott Kinney

Scott Kinney
CEO-Director

Scott Kinney


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