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Black Lives Matter: Race, Policing, and Protests

A guide exploring the historical context of recent events and protests

Letter from Dean Carmichael

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Dear Colleagues,

As a librarian and educator, I believe in the transformational power of access to information. Academic libraries are uniquely positioned to connect people with information. We are gatherers, organizers, preservers, and disseminators of knowledge. The public trusts us to provide a safe harbor for people of all colors, religions, genders, ages, and national origins who seek to be informed and to gain knowledge. We provide a sense of community where all people are welcomed without judgement as that is a covenant of our profession.

The recent protests across our country have stirred and reopened deep feelings of anguish, fear, and mistrust in many of our colleagues on campus, our neighbors in our local communities, and people in our nation and across the world. The unjust deaths of Ms. Taylor, Mr. Arbery, Mr. Floyd, Mr. Brooks, and many, many others are results of systematic racism and violence against black people and communities of color. The GS Libraries join President Marrero, Provost Reiber, and Dr. Wilson in condemning these senseless and unfounded acts of violence. We should not stand by and wait for others to implement changing reforms. 

The GS Libraries are committed to being part of the solution. We have initiated this guide to capture sources that you may use to become more familiar with and to educate yourself on social justice issues. We encourage you access our online and physical resources so that you too can be better prepared to take part in this crucial conversation. I encourage you to visit this guide often as we will continue to add print books, e-books, streaming media, and sites that you can check out at the Libraries or online. Please let us know about other sources that we should add to our growing lists. Please also let us know if we got something wrong as our intention is to help, not hurt. Knowledge, civil discourse, and peaceful and deliberate actions can help to lead us to eradicate systematic inequality in our country and around the world.  

Thank you,

Lisa R. Carmichael, Ph.D.
Dean of Libraries