Recently Saint Paul witnessed the killing of Amir Locke by a Minneapolis police officer. We received this news right after the loss of another young man, Jahmari Rice, who was shot and killed outside of his school in Richfield. These deaths of these young Black men leave an immeasurable hole in the lives of their families, friends, and community members. This loss has left many of us with grief, trauma, and countless questions.
Saint Paul Public Library is committed to creating a community where all feel safe and seen. We are here with our community to make that statement true, offering space and resources to process, connect, heal, and learn. As grief and exhaustion continue to ripple through our community, know the following community resources are here for you.
Resources to help cover my basic needs.
Resources to help me process and grieve.
My Grandmother's Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
Irreducible Grace Foundation Breath Breaks
More Breath Breaks:
Resources to help explain what is happening to my children and/or the young people in my life.
Storytime - The Chauvin Trial
Talking with Children and Teens about Racism
Talking with children about racism can be difficult. Here is a selection of SPPL materials for young children through elementary age and teens. There are picture books, memoirs and personal essays, history, DVDs, and even a podcast that may assist you in those conversations. Also included are a selection of websites with suggestions on how to start and sustain these complicated and needed conversations.
Resources that help me understand why police violence against Black people happens.
Central Honors Philando: Resources
Reading, viewing, and listening experiences related to racism and police violence, including specific contemporary examples, historical overviews, and calls for change.
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Michelle Alexander
Resources that help me and my community dream of a different future.
We Do This 'til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba
We Keep Us Safe: Building Secure, Just, and Inclusive Communities by Zachary Norris
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Resources to connect me with others in moments of joy and reprieve.
Finally, here are additional resources on processing, healing, connection, and learning available 24/7 with no wait time.