BCALA Statement on Incidents at ALA Midwinter 2019

February 2, 2019

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) thanks REFORMA, ALA Executive Board, APALA and AILA for crafting such appropriate statements against racism and discrimination in the Library profession, in response to conference attendees receiving inappropriate and unacceptable behavior during the Midwinter meeting.  We are in agreement with the expressions of concern and call for ALA to step up in leading our association and its members through the task of understanding, valuing differences and communicating respectfully.  Education with conversation is an essential component to a journey of complete inclusion with fair and equal treatment for all.  BCALA stands committed to these values and welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with the other affiliates and ALA to promote and provide cultural sensitivity training.

On behalf of the BCALA Executive Board by Richard E. Ashby, Jr., President Black Caucus American Library Association

Approved by members of the BCALA Executive Board: Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Denyvetta Davis, Elisa Garcia, Cherese McKnight