How We Started
After the murder of Walter Scott in North Charleston and the Charleston Emanuel AME church shooting, both in 2015, many South Carolinians were angry, confused, and frightened. Our neighbors, friends, family and staff struggled with how to process these events and how to move forward together.
In 2016, we started using small circles of dialogue to spark courageous conversations about race. Since then, Richland Library has hosted more than 250 events and community conversations working with more than 4,000 participants.
As our journey continues, we hope you will join us in doing the work. To make that easier, we're taking what we've learned over the last seven years and creating a learning pathway to help you get started, build facilitation skills, and generate conversation guides to hold your own circles of dialogue.
What to Expect
Designed for libraries, museums, non-profits, educational and community organizations as well as individuals, the Let's Talk Race Curriculum will provide easy-to-follow and implement resources such as:
- Facilitation Best Practices
- Conversation Guides
- Tool Kit and Library
- And more
About Our Team
Recognized nationally for its efforts surrounding race, equity and inclusion, Richland Library’s Let’s Talk Race Team was formed in 2016 (formerly Social Awareness Taskforce).
The Let’s Talk Race Team’s purpose is to create opportunities for civic engagement, build community connections and encourage courageous conversations.
The team consists of diverse staff members who have been trained to lead discussions on race, bias, inclusivity and equality.
This project was made possible by generous support from: