COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS ON RACE, RACISM, AND ALLYSHIP
Join us this Fall for a series of programs intended to bring us together as a community to explore race, racism, white privilege, and how to be a better anti-racist ally. See below for more information on workshops, book discussions, and informal porch talks hosted by Lyons’ community groups. Together, we can become more informed, connected, and engaged in promoting equity and inclusivity in our community and beyond!
We’re grateful to the American Library Association’s “Libraries Transforming Communities” grant, as well as matching funds from the Friends of the Lyons Library for generous support of these programs.
Regan Byrd Returns November 9th
We are pleased to welcome back Regan Byrd to the Lyons Community Library on November 9th. Regan is an anti-oppression activist, speaker, and trainer. She was named a “Woman to Watch” by the Denver League of Women Voters, and received the Lily Ledbetter award from 9to5 Colorado. She was recently named “Woman of the Year” by the Business and Professional Women of Denver.
Join this follow-up session to debrief and reflect on the Foundations of Anti-Racism and Allyship training, ask questions, and focus on next steps. You will deepen your understanding of oppression, privilege, and your role in combating racism as an ally.
Workshop begins at 6:30pm via Zoom. Link will be sent out the morning of November 9th.
BOOK DISCUSSIONS AND WORKSHOPS
We’ve chosen Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi for our book discussion. With versions available for adults, teens, and kids, it’s a book the whole family can explore together.
Busy adult, but still want to join the discussion? Read the YA version and cover the same content in a lot less time!
Host: Lyons Community Church
October 13th, 6:30 PM
As part of the intentional work to become more welcoming to people in our community, the Continuing the Conversation group of Lyons Community Church invites you to listen to the podcast, “Learning How to See with Brian McLaren”, and join us in discussion.
Listen to the first six episodes (2021 season) and join us on the library patio to discuss! We’ll explore confirmation bias, complexity bias, and ways we can grow in our awareness and care for one another.
No Registration Required!
Host: Lyons Historic Preservation Commission
October 20th, 3:30 PM
Join the Lyons Historic Preservation Commission on October 20 at 3:30 PM for a Porch Talk! This event will take the form of a walking tour and discussion (approx. 1 hour). While we walk around town, we will consider the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion from the perspective of local history and the field of historic preservation. We will explore topics including the legacy of the KKK in Lyons and Colorado, local Native American history and bias in the historical record, and implicit and institutional bias in the field of historic preservation.
No Registration Required!