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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
Canceled
Fri, May 24, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library
Topic TBD

Canceled
Tue, May 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.

Wed, May 29, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Small Conference Room
This is a space for intermediate speakers to practice English and build confidence.

Canceled
Thu, May 30, 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, May 30, 2:00pm - 4:35pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Please join us for a screening of the 2023 film based on Alice Walker's 1982 novel.

Thu, May 30, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Learn and play Riichi Mahjong, a popular tile-based game from Japan.

Sat, Jun 01, 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Alexandria City Hall
Enjoy art and poetry workshops, music, refreshments and more. (All ages)

Tue, Jun 04, 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, Jun 04, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Celebrate Pride Month and 100 years of James Baldwin, the literary legend and civil rights champion, by joining us for a discussion of the book that galvanized the nation in the 1960s.Register

Tue, Jun 04, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library - Second Floor
Hang out with others while you work on a simple cross stitch full of pride! Ages 13+ welcome.

Thu, Jun 06, 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, Jun 06, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Celebrate Pride Month by joining us for a film screening of the remarkable true story of athlete Diana Nyad, who at the age of 60 commits to swim from Cuba to Florida. Rated PG-13.

Fri, Jun 07, 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Large Meeting Room
Please join us for a free screening of this documentary. Click on the event title for more details.

Sat, Jun 08, 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, Jun 08, 11:00am - 12:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for an exhilarating improv workshop suitable for all ages!

Tue, Jun 11, 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, Jun 11, 10:15am - 11:00am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Mr. Gabe has been delighting young audiences in the DC area for years with an interactive style of musical entertainment that inspires kids to move their bodies and use their brains. Ages 0-5 

Tue, Jun 11, 11:15am - 12:00pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Mr. Gabe has been delighting young audiences in the DC area for years with an interactive style of musical entertainment that inspires kids to move their bodies and use their brains. Ages 0-5 

Wed, Jun 12, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Virtual
Join National Park Service Intern Ife Calhoun of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, as she takes a closer look at the man, his legacy, and his home.Register

Thu, Jun 13, 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, Jun 13, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Celebrate Pride Month with us as we decorate mason jars with dried flowers to fill with Pride affirmations and solar lights.

Fri, Jun 14, 10:30am - 11:00am
Charles E. Beatley Jr. Central Library - Frank and Betty Wright Reading Garden
Join Grammy nominated performer Culture Queen for an interactive musical storytelling show and learn the meaning of the Juneteenth holiday. (All ages)

Mon, Jun 17, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Celebrate Pride Month by joining us for a discussion of Maia Kobabe's 2019 banned graphic novel.

Canceled
Tue, Jun 18, 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, Jun 20, 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.

Fri, Jun 21, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for an evening of celebration and connection as we honor the artistry and diversity of West African music and dance! Ages: 6-12 and Teens.

Fri, Jun 21, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Virtual - Zoom
Celebrate Pride Month by joining Professor Collen K. Vesely of George Mason University as she discusses the experiences of trans children and offers strategies for adults who work with them. Register

Mon, Jun 24, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Mon, Jun 24, 3:30pm - 5:15pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Celebrate Pride Month by joining us for a 2023 film screening featuring a deeply emotional drama with outstanding acting and a strong story.

Tue, Jun 25, 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, Jun 25, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Tue, Jun 25, 11:15am - 11:45am
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
Rhythmaya is a professional contemporary dance performance group dedicated to bringing South Asian dance traditions alive throughout our global community. All ages.

Wed, Jun 26, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Wed, Jun 26, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Celebrate Pride Month by joining us for a 2023 romantic comedy, based on the book by Casey McQuiston.

Wed, Jun 26, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual - Zoom
Do you love to read romance novels? Want to talk about them with other romance book lovers? Join us on the last Wednesday of the month! Click on the event title for more details.Register

Thu, Jun 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.

Thu, Jun 27, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Thu, Jun 27, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Join us for a screening of this 2017 film based on the book by the same name by Rebecca Skloot.

Fri, Jun 28, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Fri, Jun 28, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library - Meeting Room
Special performer, Kemi provides a presence that invokes inspiration and learning through storytelling, movement, and dance. Suitable for all age groups.

Fri, Jun 28, 3:30pm - 4:30pm
James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library - Beth Patridge Meeting Room
By using storytelling as a method to keep culture alive, everyone in the audience will have a chance to experience the magic of call and response, musical joy, and motivational fun. Ages 6-12

Sat, Jun 29, 10:00am - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Sun, Jun 30, 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Mon, Jul 01, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Tue, Jul 02, 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, Jul 02, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

Wed, Jul 03, 10:00am - 8:00pm
Ellen Coolidge Burke Branch Library
Strong Men & Women in Virginia's History is a traveling exhibition honoring African Americans for their contributions to the Commonwealth from the Library of Virginia.

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