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Anti-Racism Resources: Resources in Baton Rouge

This is a guide for anti-racism resources.

Resources

Baton Rouge City Key - Black Lives Matter Resources

BR City Key provides valuable statistical information about the city. The Black Lives Matter Resource provides a snapshot of the demographics for Black people within the city. Additionally, on June 12, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome established a Commission on Racial Equity and Inclusion (COREI) that will work to instill the practice of racial equity and inclusion throughout city-parish government and the community. 

LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is a unit of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at LSU and serves underrepresented or traditionally underserved students, staff, and faculty. We promote racial, sexuality, gender, nationality, religious, and spiritual equity and inclusion. We develop students of color and provide education on diversity and inclusion challenges. We focus on the retention, recruitment, and social inclusion of all students. The OMA also does outreach events for the Baton Rouge community.

Dialogue on Race 

Founded by Maxine Crump, Dialogue on Race Louisiana (or DORLA) is an organization that works to eliminate racism through action, education, and transformation. DORLA provides outreach as well as educational discussions related to race in Louisiana. 

The 821 Project

Founded in 2016 by Baton Rouge native Jahi Mackey, the 821 Project provides a much needed space for discussion and thought provoking conversations about the state of our society and how to grow as individuals. According to the website: The official motto for The 821 Project is “expanding our roots to the world.” When one expands their roots to the world, they accomplish the following: 

  • Expand their knowledge of the people, places and things that exist in this world 

  • Demonstrate openness and humility when interacting with people of diverse backgrounds

  • Share their humanity with others and worked to make sure everyone else’s humanity is respected. 

The Interfaith Federation Baton Rouge

The Interfaith Federation is a network of faith communities who share the religious value of compassionate love for our neighbor in need. We build bridges of understanding, bear public witness to a vision of peace, and are a catalyst of change. Their goals are:

CULTIVATE UNITY through dialogue, education, and shared experiences
CULTIVATE JUSTICE through faith communities
CULTIVATE PEACE one person at a time

Forum for Equality

The Forum for Equality works promote change in Louisiana. According to their website,

"We advocate for policy change at the local, state, and federal levels.
We organize grassroots equality advocates to engage in the political process.
We educate the public about the experiences, values, and needs of LGBTQ people"

RIGHTS Portal 

The RIGHTS! portal is a response to the injustices facing people of color and other marginalized parties and will be a valuable resource.  In recognition of that value, and with the support of Dean William P. Johnson, the Vincent C. Immel Law Library at Saint Louis University School of Law has committed financial assistance to sponsor the portal and its continued development. Erika Cohn, Professor and Director at Vincent C. Immel Law Library said, “Dean Johnson and I are pleased to be a part of the RIGHTS! portal and to leverage our collective strengths and resources.  We sincerely hope that making these materials easily available to anyone anywhere will make a positive difference.”

 

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Places to Visit

River Road African American History Museum

Located at 406 Charles St., Donaldsonville, Louisiana, the River Road African American History Musuem provides a rich history of Black and African-American heritage in Louisiana. Due to COVID-19, the museum has limited hours. You must call or contact ahead of time to schedule an appointment to visit the museum.

Baton Rouge African American History Museum

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Events

Here's a list of events that are centered on educating participants about anti-racism. These events are not affiliated with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library. To learn more about them, please contact the organizers. If you have an event that you feel would be a good fit for this page, please email: ndavis@ebrpl.com. 

Upcoming

Diversity Dialogues by Cheli Roberson (2021 - email batonrougediversity@gmail.com)

Past Events

Dialogue on Race Virtual Series (Starts July 15th)

Dismantling Systems of Racism in Baton Rouge (Virtual Event - Wednesday, July 15th)

Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching by PBS (Virtual Event - Find the recorded series HERE)*

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi Discusses Anti-Racism with the Enoch Pratt Free Library (Virtual Event - Monday, July 20th)*

*Free Event.