A message from Director Vassallo on racial equity and social justice at MCPL

To our community -

I know all of us are horrified at the homicide of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This is yet another terrible example of the type of treatment that our African American family members, friends, coworkers and community members find themselves enduring in one form or another every day, even now more than 50 years after the passage of the two Civil Rights Acts. Racial equity and inclusion is one of the guiding principles of the Montgomery County Administration. Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) is a signatory organization to the Urban Libraries Council's Statement on Race and Social Equity. MCPL staff, a wonderfully diverse group of people that reflects our diverse community, are proud to work for one of the critical trusted and equalizing institutions of civic life, the public library. MCPL staff will all continue to strive towards equity, inclusion, compassion, empathy and awareness of injustice as part of our daily lives. Our libraries will continue to act as a safe space for conversations on race, equity and how our nation can move towards healing the wound that opened in 1619. We must all examine our own hearts and minds, and acknowledge the hard work that needs to be done to move our society towards one of true human decency and respect for all.

Anita Vassallo
MCPL Director

ULC Statement on Race and Social Equity