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Through Feb. 27, the Central Library’s Second Floor is home to a book display commemorating Black History Month, including information about Black Lives Matter.

The Black Lives Matter movement was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the killing of Trayvon Martin.

We hope this display causes you  to pause and reflect, as well as give you an opportunity to discuss whether or not issues of race have affected their lives in Schaumburg Township.

Some reflection questions include:

  • When did you first realize that people come from different racial or ethnic backgrounds? What is your first memory of that? Is it a positive or negative memory for you?
  • How do you think young people see race and racism today?
  • Compare your views with your parents’ beliefs about different racial or ethnic groups. How are they the same, or how do they differ?
  • How do you think people learn prejudices?
  • How do you react when you hear people make prejudiced remarks? How does it make you feel?

We invite you to stop by the display. You’ll find cards available to write your thoughts, which can be shared anonymously by dropping them in a locked, opaque box. Or, take the cards home and discuss the questions with family, friends and neighbors.