BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) Voices is a book discussion group intended to encourage an understanding of systemic racism, privilege, and biases to help disrupt racial inequalities and racism. Together the group will foster knowledge, empathy and understanding of the experiences, identities and history of people in the BIPOC community. We will explore these titles through an anti-racism lens to allow for open and honest conversations in a safe, respectful environment.
Movie and Discussion: 13th
Wednesday, February 16 from 6:30 to 9 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library
This movie is geared to adults, but all ages are welcome.
In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom. Join us for a viewing followed by a discussion.
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell
Wednesday, March 16 at 2:45 PM
Beverly High School Library
This title is geared towards teens, but all ages are welcome.
“This book is written for the young person who doesn’t know how to speak up to the racist adults in their life. For the 14 year old who sees injustice at school and isn’t able to understand the role racism plays in separating them from their friends. For the kid who spends years trying to fit into the dominant culture and loses themselves for a little while. It’s for all of the Black and Brown children who have been harmed (physically and emotionally) because no one stood up for them or they couldn’t stand up for themselves; because the color of their skin, the texture of their hair, their names made white folks feel scared and threatened … This book will give them the language and ability to understand racism and a drive to undo it. In short, it is for everyone.”
Class Act by Jerry Craft
Wednesday, April 13 at 3 PM
Beverly Middle School Library
This title is geared to grades 4-6, but all ages are welcome.
This funny and thought-provoking graphic novel details Drew Ellis’ eighth-grade year as one of the few Black kids in a private suburban school. Drew wonders why he has to work “twice as hard to go half as far” as he navigates microaggressions and racial stereotyping from his classmates and teachers alike. This outstanding companion to New Kid will spark important conversations about race, class, identity, friendship, bullying and more.
BIPOC Voices is a partnership between Abu Toppin, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director for the City of Beverly, and the Beverly Public Library.