Supporting Our Community

This weekend, people in Denver and across our country took to the streets to peacefully protest the horrific killing of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor (and many that came before them). These abhorrent acts are based in personal, institutional and structural racism.

The Denver Public Library stands committed to promoting racial equity. To be upset about acts of racial violence but think it’s something separate from us, that we’re not responsible, only upholds the status quo. As an organization, we have a role and responsibility to challenge racial inequity in our community.

This public health crisis and its financial ramifications are exacerbating already deep racial disparities in Denver and beyond. The Denver Public Library recovery plan will center on two of our values: equity and stewardship.

Our vision is a strong community where everyone thrives. If Black Denverites are not thriving, Denver is not thriving.

We have to do better. We can be better. We’re committed.

Black Lives Matter.

In solidarity, 

Michelle Jeske
City Librarian

Carlos Martinez
Denver Public Library Commission President