As communities grapple with the social implications of the shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas in the past month, libraries across the United States are stepping up to offer resources and support. Issues of race, prejudice, inequity, and violence are challenging topics, but they must be addressed in open, safe and productive conversations if we wish to move forward as a nation. As President Obama stated in his July 12 speech in Dallas, “…if we cannot even talk about these things, if we cannot talk honestly and openly, not just in the comfort of our own circles, but with those who look different than us or bring a different perspective, then we will never break this dangerous cycle.”
Libraries throughout Cuyahoga County including, Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, East Cleveland Public Library, Euclid Public Library, Lakewood Public Library, Rocky River Public Library, Shaker Heights Public Library, and Westlake Porter Public Library, seek to support community dialogue around these critical issues and offer resources that can advance learning and understanding. Public libraries offer a variety of print and online books that families, community organizations and those wanting to make a difference can use to address these critical civil rights, justice and race issues.
The following reading list includes titles available at Rocky River Public Library that address civil right, justice and race:
- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson (2014)
- Native Son by Richard Wright (1940)
- The Souls of Black Folks by WEB Dubois (1903)
- The Measure of a Man by Sidney Poitier (2000)
- Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1963)
- The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore (2010)
- United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good by Cory Booker (2016)
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin (1963)
- Waking from the Dream: The Struggle for Civil Rights in the Shadow of Martin Luther King, Jr. by David Chappell (2014)
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander (2010)
- Sister: An African American Life in Search of Justice by Sylvia Bell White (2013)
- Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin (1961)
- Of Poetry and Protest: From Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin by Philip Cushway and Michael Warr (2016)
- The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952)
- Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi (2016)
- Americannah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (2013)
- Welcome to Braggsville by T. Geronimo Johnson (2015)
- Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine (2014)
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (2015)
- How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon (2014)
- All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (2015)
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers (1999)
- Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley (2014)
- Revolution by Deborah Wiles (2014)
- The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon (2009)
- We Troubled the Waters: Poems by Ntozake Shange, illus. by Rod Brown (2009)
- A Is for Activist by Nagara, Innosanto (2012)
- We March by Shane Evans (2012)
- Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton (2009)
- Let's Talk About Race by Julius Lester (2005)
- Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson (2012)
- The Blacker the Berry: Poems by Joyce Carol Thomas (2008)
- Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (2014)
- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (2010)
- A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson (2005)
- Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine (2007)
- Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine (2012)
For additional information, call Rocky River Public Library at 440-333-7610.
Justin R. McCaulley Appointed to Rocky River Public Library Board
(ROCKY RIVER, OH) Justin R. McCaulley has been appointed by the Rocky River Board of Education to a 7-year term on the Rocky River Public Library Board of Trustees.
McCaulley is president of McCaulley&Company, a strategic consulting and professional services firm focused on communications and opportunity development for clients, serving nonprofit organizations, local governments, higher education, and corporations.
“I am really proud to serve on Rocky River Public Library’s Board of Trustees,” McCaulley said after being sworn in at the April library board meeting. “RRPL is a pillar of our community. The late Chuck Emrick was a mentor to me, and I am honored to follow in his footsteps as a member of the board. I look forward to giving back by contributing my time and perspective to the library board,” he said.
McCaulley is a lifelong Clevelander and splits his time between Washington, DC, Cleveland, and client facilities across the United States, working closely with clients and government officials. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Ohio University and a Master of Business Administration from Cleveland State University. He currently shares his experience with students as a professor in the business and political science departments at Notre Dame College.
In addition, he volunteers for the Alzheimer's Association and the American Diabetes Association. He currently serves on Ohio University’s Political Science Board of Advisors and the Professional Ethics and Standards Committee of the Association of Government Relations Professionals. He describes himself as an “avid reader, occasional guitar player, frustrated golfer, hopeful Browns fan, and karaoke rock star.”
Rocky River Public Library, an independent library supported by the residents of Rocky River, is an informational, educational, recreational, and cultural resource for the community. The library is located at 1600 Hampton Road. For additional information, call Rocky River Public Library at (440)333-7610 or visit www.rrpl.org.