Tagged Social Justice

The Social Justice Symposium Turns Five!

Planning and hosting the Free Library's Social Justice Symposium for young people has become an important tradition at the Philadelphia City Institute Library . We held the first Symposium in 2016 and have scheduled one annually…

Indigenous Peoples' Day Philly

Though I’ve lived in so-called Philadelphia for several years, it was only last year that I learned that Lenapehoking is the name of this place so many of us call home. In learning how to acknowledge the ancestral homeland of the…

Race in the United States: Social Justice Virtual Workshops for Teens

Updated Friday, July 10, 2020 4:59 p.m. "The Social Justice Symposium Teen Planning Committee supports the Concerned Black Workers of the Free Library of Philadelphia ! CBWFLP Response to DEI/Board of Trustees' letter We are…

What is "Public History", Anyway?

On Thursday, February 20 , David W. Young will appear at Parkway Central Library to discuss his book, Battles of Germantown: Effective Public History in America .  Many Philadelphia residents are familiar with the annual…

Food Insecurity, English Language Learning, and Community Conversations in North Philadelphia

Edible Alphabet is a free English language learning program offered to adults by the Free Library's Culinary Literacy Center . The mission of the program is to teach English language and literacy skills through hands-on cooking and…

Happy Birthday, Frida!

Independence Day isn’t the only famous birthday this week: on July 6, 1907 in Coyoacan, which is now part of Mexico City, the revolutionary spirit Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon was born in a blue house.  If you…

Teens Explore Social Justice at the Free Library

by Timmy Lawrence and Geneva Williams, members of the Youth Planning Committee for the 2018 Social Justice Symposium for Teens. Today, more than ever, social issues have reached a pivotal point in our society. Although injustice may…

Remember an Gorta Mór: the Great Famine

Now that the fog has lifted from St. Patrick’s Day, it occurs to us at the Free Library that the holiday is the moment where the fact of an Irish diaspora is felt most strongly in Philadelphia. However, as St. Patrick’s Day…

Second Annual Social Justice Symposium Wrap Up

A little over a week ago, on the same day that a hate-fueled gathering was taking place in Charlottesville, Virginia, a group of teenagers was gathering at a small library in Philadelphia to talk about combating hate. The Philadelphia…

Resources for Responding to Hate

As adults, it’s our job to help the children in our lives make sense of the world around them. After the events in Charlottesville this past weekend, and events around the country in recent months, there seems to be more need than…

Good Food for All: What Does Hunger Look Like To You?

As we gear up for the 3rd Annual Good Food for All Conference with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger on May 11 at the Parkway Central Library , the Culinary Literacy Center wants to know – what does hunger look…

Love is Love

Looking for something heartfelt and inspiring to read while supporting a worthy cause this Valentine's Day? Check out Love is Love , a 162-page graphic novel from IDW Publishing and DC Comics , honoring the victims, supporting the…

Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon Martin

Every parent's worst nightmare is something bad happening to their child. For Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, that nightmare became a reality when their 17-year-old son, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on…

One Year of Stories Alive: Looking Back and Planning Ahead

Incarcerated mothers and fathers face many challenges to maintain bonds with their children in the face of difficult circumstances. Limited time in prison visiting rooms is not always enough. Using videoconferencing technology, the Free…

Focus On: Free Library Prison Services

by Ned Scharff A little boy gazes into a Free Library video screen when suddenly a familiar face appears—that of the boy's father, an inmate in a Philadelphia prison. "Dad," the boy exclaims, "Where are you? I…

Stories Alive: Family Story Hour for Incarcerated Parents and Their Children

As the Free Library’s Prison Services program enters the second half of its first year running the Stories Alive program, we are very happy to report the program’s continued success! In partnership with the Philadelphia…

Graphic Novel Memoirs

I love a graphic novel—and even better I love a graphic novel memoir . There is something so much more intimate about reading the words AND pictures when someone shares her story. Or maybe I’m just a slower reader when it…

Social Justice Symposium for Teens – Register Now!

Parkway Central is hosting a Social Justice Symposium for Teens on Monday, August 29th and if you are a high school student who is passionate about your Philadelphia community and care about issues such as racism, inequality, or…

Tackling Tough Topics in Classroom Conversation

How can literacy be used for social change? At the recent International Literacy Association conference in Boston, this question was addressed at an impromptu session for literacy specialists and coaches. Recent tragedies, such as the…

Stories Alive Connects Incarcerated Parents and Their Families Through Reading

In December, the Free Library announced an impactful pilot program and partnership with the Philadelphia Prison System (PPS). We are pleased to report that our focused effort to reach out to inmates, returning citizens, and their…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Generation to Generation | Digital Discussion

Join curators from regional institutions whose exhibitions look at the multi-generational women-led movement building around voter rights and enfranchisement leading up to the passage of the 19th Amendment and beyond. This discussion…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Poetry and Movement Building | Digital Readings

Live readings of historical and contemporary poetry that center movement building. Movements to expand voting rights have always used spoken word and poetry as modes of expression and connection. Join staff from the Free Library's…

VIRTUAL - Kate Masur | Until Justice Be Done: America's First Civil Rights Movement, from the Revolution to Reconstruction

REGISTER HERE Kate Masur is the author of  An Example for All the Land , a Lincoln Prize finalist that examined Washington, D.C.’s role as a 19th century laboratory for civil rights policy and justice. She is also the author…

Making Her Mark Spotlight: Black Sisterhood and Suffrage | Digital Discussion

Conversation about the significance of voting rights initiatives led by Black sororities, with featured speaker Dr. Thelma Thomas Daley. From the recent 'Stroll to the Polls' that mobilized voters for the 2020 presidential…

VIRTUAL - Amelia Pang | Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America’s Cheap Goods

REGISTER HERE In 2017, Amelia Pang earned the first place award in investigative journalism from the LA Press Club for her undercover exposé on the exploitation of immigrants smuggled into America to work in Chinese restaurants.…

VIRTUAL - Michael Eric Dyson | Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America

Register Here In conversation with Jon Meacham Meelya Gordon Memorial Lecture Michael Eric Dyson is the author of Tears We Cannot Stop , an “eloquent, righteous, and inspired” ( Philadelphia Inquirer ) call for racial change…

Radical Self-care in an Era of Activism: A Virtual Salon

A shared space for self care inspired by the Harlem Renaissance and the life and legacy of Alice Dunbar-Nelson. Join chef Jena Harris and Professor Pysche Williams-Forson for an evening of self care grounded in the salon-style…

Conversations Around Gun Violence: Souls Shot Exhibition and Community Solutions

Join us virtually for community conversations with Philadelphians impacted by gun violence and the local organizations working to help create solutions to this epidemic. The weekly conversation will be posted to the Logan Facebook page…