In support of our mission to to welcome and support our entire community with resources and services that enhance lifelong learning, we have compiled some resources for learning about racism and systemic inequality.
These pages provide links to the Library’s digital resources that are accessible with a Scotch Plains library card number, as well as print books that may be requested with a Scotch Plains or Fanwood library card.
- If your card has expired, or you are having problems accessing any of these resources, please let us know and we will assist you via email.
- If you are a current Scotch Plains resident who does not have a card, you may apply for one online.
Social Justice Matters is a local grassroots non-profit organization, whose members are committed to active inquiry into matters of race in our society, and to working towards an equitable community. SJM serves as a resource for community concerns, and facilitates truthful and meaningful discussions and action about race and related topics.
The Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Joint Committee of Scotch Plains and Fanwood was created in 2019 by resolutions passed by the Scotch Plains and Fanwood Councils, in partnership with the Board of Education, Rutgers University-Newark, and Social Justice Matters. The Committee is currently hosting a “Live Stream Listening Tour,” with online events inviting residents to share views of race relations and how to move forward. Find information on upcoming events on the Fanwood and Scotch Plains websites, and in local media.
Digital Commemoration of Juneteenth
On June 19, 2020 six leading Black museums and historical institutions from coast to coast joined forces to launch a digital commemoration of Juneteenth, the day that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially enforced, ending enslavement in Texas. This collaborative program explores the meaning and relevance of “freedom”, “justice” and “democracy” in Black American life, from a historical and contemporary framework. To learn more, visit blkfreedom.org.