Dear Folio Members & Friends,
We at Folio are heartbroken by the senseless deaths of innocent Black Americans and by the recent events in our community and across the nation. We fully support the rights of individuals and groups to make their voices heard in order to confront the injustice and racism that exists in America today.
This is a painful and uncertain time for all of us as we continue to experience isolation and disconnection. And yet, many of us have taken this time to reflect and make radical adjustments to our priorities and our lives. As we prepare to reopen the library we are committed to ensuring that Folio will continue to be a place where we gather to listen, learn, and participate in critical conversations as we seek to create a more just and equitable society.
Literature enables us to see the world through the eyes of others and we believe strongly in the power of the written word to educate and propel us away from separateness towards connection. We encourage you to delve into the reading list below.
Heartened by the actions and resilience of those demanding change, we renew our dedication to providing opportunities to facilitate the change needed in our community to achieve true equity and peace. We invite you, our community of readers, writers and thinkers to join us with your ideas, imagination and empathy.
400 Years of Racism: A Reading List
Citizen by Claudia Rankine
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
Straight talk to blacks and whites about the realities of racism. A local author who won the Washington State Book Award in 2019 for Nonfiction.
The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. Tyson
A scholar of Southern history and culture expands on the saga of a racially motivated 1955 murder that resonated around the globe and helped spawn the political activism of courageous Blacks in Mississippi and other former slave states.
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Between The World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
The powerful story of a father's past and a son's future.
Open Season by Ben Crump
There is much more to inequality and discrimination than we know and Crump will open your eyes. Pay attention.
A More Perfect Reunion by Calvin Baker
Required reading for any American serious about dismantling systemic racism.
Stamped From the Beginning by Ibram X.Kendi
Racism, Antiracism, and You.
The Fire This Time edited by Jesmyn Ward
Poets, scholars, and essayists reflect on race in America. Timely contributions to an urgent national conversation.