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Reading to End Racism Program Comes to Ralph Ellison Library

It’s been said that our differences don’t divide us, but our failure to understand and tolerate those differences does. 

The Ralph Ellison Library, 2000 N.E, 23rd Street, is joining with the YWCA and the Respect Diversity Foundation to present “Reading to End Racism,” an evening of readings and hands-on activities that will focus on tolerance and diversity on Tuesday, July 20, from 6:00 to 7:30p.m.  Representatives from the co-sponsoring organizations will be available to share information about their programs.

“This is one of the most significant programs we’ve had here at Ralph Ellison Library all year,” said librarian JoAnn Walkup.  “We hope lots of people show up to share the evening with the readers and each other.”

Nationally, “Reading to End Racism” is designed to create age-appropriate forums for the discussion of racism with young people.  It allows listeners to experience literature, personal stories, and insights regarding the topic, and then join in an open discussion.

“Reading to End Racism” is for multicultural groups of all ages.  The event is free and open to the public.  Call the library at 405-424-1437 with questions.  For more information about this or any Metropolitan Library System program, visit the MLS website, www.metrolibrary.org.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries. Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres. Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City. You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.