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Black Lives Matter Statement from our Director

 

On behalf of the Lexington Public Library I would like to express our deep sadness for the senseless deaths of David McAtee, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and the many other Black citizens in America.  The Library is deeply committed to racial equality and freedom of expression and condemns all acts of violence and any disregard for human rights.

The fact that Black Americans are disproportionately affected by police violence and the global pandemic has brought to the forefront, once again, the centuries-old inequities and biases that run through the core of our nation. As an organization, we recommit to examining our own actions and inactions, to holding up a mirror to see where we can all do better together, and to highlighting the books and programs that can spur crucial community conversations.  We will continue to study and improve on our own practices with our Diversity and Inclusion Plan, which we began last fall, while working to help our community come together to address racial disparities.

Equality is an essential element of Lexington Public Library’s value statement, where we pledge to “treat you with fairness and respect.”  As such, we have joined more than 160 North American public library systems, in committing to end structural racism through the Urban Library Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity.  We use this statement as a baseline for building policies, activities and collaborative relationships to advance equity and inclusion for our local community.

We stand with those calling for immediate, collective action to end the systemic racism and inequity entrenched in our communities because Black Lives Matter.


Heather Dieffenbach
Executive Director
Lexington Public Library