Starting with I: Combating Anti-Blackness in Libraries

Peace Ossom-Williamson, Jamia Williams, Xan Goodman, Christian I.J. Minter, Ayaba Logan

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When millions saw footage of George Floyd’s murder by police during the COVID-19 pandemic where marginalized groups had higher death rates, increased awareness and action arose because Black people are treated differently in the United States. Many libraries subsequently created statements and committees to commit to reduce inequities in libraries; however, Black bodies are still being harmed. Therefore, this editorial details the Start and End with I concept and provides concrete steps for making change. It is time to center the voices that have been dismissed and ignored for too long. Are you willing to do what it takes?.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)139-150
Number of pages12
JournalMedical Reference Services Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • African Americans
  • Black Lives Matter
  • diversity
  • equity
  • libraries
  • race
  • social justice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Library and Information Sciences


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