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Pratt Picks

How To Be an Antiracist

How To Be an Antiracist

Ibram X Kendi
The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

Michelle Alexander
Uprooting Racism

Uprooting Racism

Paul Kivel
Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?

Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?

Mumia Abu-Jamal
They Can't Kill Us All

They Can't Kill Us All

Wesley Lowery
Just Mercy

Just Mercy

Bryan Stevenson

Mission Statement

The Pratt’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Council's Adult Anti-Racism Subcommittee creates opportunities for library customers and library staff to engage in learning and action that challenges institutional and systemic racism in our community. Through the development of in-house initiatives and strategic partnerships with community organizations long engaged in racial equity work, we elevate the call for racial justice and seek to build the Enoch Pratt Free Library’s capacity to contribute to that mission.

White and Black people in Baltimore marching and holding a protest sign against racism, from surgebaltimore.org

White and Black people in Baltimore marching and holding a protest sign against racism, from surjbaltimore.org

Get Involved

The DEI council believes it is critical to recognize community organizations already engaged in impactful racial justice work. One such organization is Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ), a national education and advocacy organization with local chapters around the U.S., including in Baltimore City. SURJ organizes white people to take action to undermine white supremacy as part of a larger multi-racial, cross-class movement centering the leadership of people of color.

SURJ Baltimore logo

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals working to undermine white supremacy and to work toward racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves white people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills, and political analysis to act for change. Visit our website or facebook for resources, events, actions, and to join our mailing list.

SURJ’s focus on creating allies committed to racial justice aligns with the DEI Council’s mission to provide library staff and customers with space to engage in conversations and opportunities to take action. Learn more and get involved at surjbaltimore.org or the SURJ Baltimore Facebook page.

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Equity Statement


The Enoch Pratt Free Library stands with the city of Baltimore and our community in the fight against systemic racism.

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Pratt Library Resources for Adults


Find job and career assistance, fitness classes, writing groups and much more at Enoch Pratt Free Library.