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SOCIAL JUSTICE

Alexandria Library believes in social justice. Last summer, the Library held a summer-long challenge that helped to examine the city’s important African American history and culture. The Alexandria Community Remembrance Project (ACRP) is an interdepartmental program in partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) to address social justice in the city.

 

EVENTS
Tue, Feb 27, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Tue, Feb 27, 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Meet entrepreneurs and groundbreakers from Black History like George Washington Carver, Madame CJ Walker, Thurgood Marshall and more in this interactive theater performance. Grades K-5.

Wed, Feb 28, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
In honor of Black History Month, we will be discussing the 1952 classic novel, "Invisible Man," by Ralph Ellison.Register

Wed, Feb 28, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Thu, Feb 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Feb 29, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
In honor of Black History Month, we will be showing a series of films.

Thu, Feb 29, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Fri, Mar 01, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Fri, Mar 01, 11:00am - 1:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of this 2022 film inspired by true events.

Sat, Mar 02, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sat, Mar 02, 10:00am - 11:00am
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library
The Barrett Branch is hosting an All We Can Save Circle open to all interested in sincere discussion centered on the climate crisis and for those seeking community rooted in wise and just solutions.

Sat, Mar 02, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Join Alexandria Poet Laureate Zeina Azzam and Alexandria Library for a multicultural poetry reading that celebrates our celestial neighbor, the moon!

Sun, Mar 03, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Mon, Mar 04, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Tue, Mar 05, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Wed, Mar 06, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Wed, Mar 06, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Please join us for a virtual talk with Alice Reagan, a founder and docent at the Lucy Burns Museum, to learn about the suffragettes incarcerated at the Women's Workhouse at Occoquan. Register

Thu, Mar 07, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Thu, Mar 07, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Mar 07, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of this 2019 documentary film that takes a deeper look into the real story of Victor H. Green's "The Negro Motorist Green Book" during the Jim Crow era and beyond.

Thu, Mar 07, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Fri, Mar 08, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sat, Mar 09, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sun, Mar 10, 12:00am - 12:59am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Mon, Mar 11, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Please join us to read and discuss "The Dictionary of Lost Words" by Pip Williams.

Mon, Mar 11, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Please join us for a virtual discussion of Miriam Toews' 2018 novel.

Tue, Mar 12, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Tue, Mar 12, 11:15am - 1:15pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of this 2016 biographical film based on the 2016 nonfiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about three female African-American mathematicians.

Tue, Mar 12, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
Teens, come join the Alexandria Scholarship Fund to create your vision for the future while gaining practical insight on how to achieve your college/career goals. Space is Limited.

Wed, Mar 13, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Thu, Mar 14, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Thu, Mar 14, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Fri, Mar 15, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sat, Mar 16, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sat, Mar 16, 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Board Room
Alexandria Poet Laureate Zeina Azzam is pleased to present this poetry workshop sponsored by the Alexandria Office of the Arts and Beatley Central Library. Click on the event title for details.

Sun, Mar 17, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Mon, Mar 18, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Mon, Mar 18, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Dr. Laura Sapelly will discuss the role sewing circles held in our past and why they continue to be important. Participants are encouraged to do their handiwork during the presentation!Register

Tue, Mar 19, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Wed, Mar 20, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Thu, Mar 21, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Canceled
Thu, Mar 21, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Mar 21, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Fri, Mar 22, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sat, Mar 23, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sun, Mar 24, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Mon, Mar 25, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Tue, Mar 26, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Canceled
Tue, Mar 26, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Wed, Mar 27, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Wed, Mar 27, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of this 2024 biographical film about Shirley Chisholm, America's first Black congresswoman.

Thu, Mar 28, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Canceled
Thu, Mar 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Mar 28, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Fri, Mar 29, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sat, Mar 30, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Sun, Mar 31, All day
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
After you enjoy reading Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson, this year’s All Alexandria Reads adult fiction selection, please consider sharing one of your favorite cake recipes.

Canceled
Tue, Apr 02, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Canceled
Thu, Apr 04, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Beginning English Practice for English language learners. No registration needed or prior level of English.

Thu, Apr 04, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

FROM OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL

Library Director, Rose T. Dawson interviews Ms. Gladys Davis.

Executive Director Rose T. Dawson interviews former employee Barbara Jean Ferguson, one of the first African American staff members at Alexandria library.

Relatives of Alexandria Library Sit-In protestors William “Buddy” Evans and Morris Murray discuss how the event and its legacy impacted them, their family, their outlook and accomplishments.

Last updated: January 2021