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Library Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion

The Library Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion series was created to actively promote diversity and inclusion.

Welcome

The Leonard Lief Library Diversity and Inclusion Working Group invites you to Library Conversations on Diversity and Inclusion. This is a chance to come together as a group and discuss writings, film, video, and the arts devoted to diverse and inclusive conversations.

Selections

Reading | CASTE: THE ORIGINS OF OUR DISCONTENTS BY ISABEL WILKERSON

Part Two: The Arbitrary Construction of Human Divisions

  • p. 39 Chapter 4: A Long-Running Play and the Emergence of Caste in America
  • p.54 Chapter 5: The Container We Have Built for You
  • p.62 Chapter 6: The Measure of Humanity
  • p. 73 Chapter 7: Through the Fog of Delhi to the Parallels in India and America
  • p.79 Chapter 8: The Nazis and the acceleration of Caste
  • p.89 Chapter 9: The Evil of Silence

Supplementary Reading

  • p. 167 Brown Eyes versus Blue Eyes
  • p.181 Quote by W.E.B Dubois

Video: The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution

Directed by: Stanley Nelson

Produced by :Stanley Nelson, Laurens Grant (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2016)

Video: The Black Panthers - Vanguard of the Revolution, Directed by Stanley Nelson, Produced by Stanley Nelson, Laurens Grant (Arlington, VA: Public Broadcasting Service, 2016)

"This is an old story and it's used in various cultures where a group of blind men approach an elephant and try to describe him. The first man approaches the elephant, touches its side and says, "It feels like a wall." The next man touches the tusk and says, "The elephant must be like a spear." Another blind man touches the trunk and says, "It feels like a snake." 

That is quite often what happens with our descriptions of the Black Panther Party. We know the party we were in and not the entire thing. We were making history and it wasn't nice and clean, it wasn't easy, it was complex."