Seguin Public Library

The Seguin Public Library sits in the heart of Seguin and offers various services to all county residents.

The Seguin Public Library is inviting the community to discuss and explore race through a series of events, kicking off with a panel discussion on Saturday.

“Seguin Talks About Race” will kick off at 1 p.m. at the Seguin Public Library as part of a month-long focus on race and other social issues.

The inspiration for the topic is derived from the book “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo, Seguin Library Director Jacki Gross said.

“We felt that things were happening in society that if we didn’t start a conversation now about race, then we would have missed an opportunity, because it’s been in the news [with] George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, all of that,” she said. “So, we thought it was important that we start this conversation because there are conversations to be had, though they are not fun necessarily.”

In preparation for the event, the library’s staff members read through various books that focused on race, but ultimately they concluded that Oluo’s work was the best choice to launch a community-wide conversation.

“[It] was the best choice because it offered a series of topics that you could pull from and talk about,” Gross said. “Certainly, it’s not the only book about race and equality…we just felt like this one offered the best opportunity to pull from.”

The book is available for check out at the library.

Saturday’s event will host five panelists from Guadalupe County including Texas Lutheran University senior Rashad Tolbert, who serves as the president of the Black Student Union; Jacinto “Cinto” Ramos Jr., Leadership ISD Chief of Board Governance and Leadership in Fort Worth and chair of the 2019-20 Council of Urban Boards of Education; Second Baptist Church Pastor JimmieFlakes; Spirit of Joy Church Pastor Megan Elliot; Texas Lutheran University Associate Dean of Student Life and Learning Bernadette Buchanan.

The panelists will answer a series of questions presented in Oluo’s book along with questions audience members have, Gross said.

The library sought a diverse panel to touch on more topics, Gross said.

“We wanted to bring together as best we could a good mix of [people],” Gross said. “…So we thought that this was a good mix – female, religious, Hispanic, African American, and we were just hoping to get a variety of [people] because it's not just about race, it’s also about inclusion and diversity.”

The library staff is are eagerly awaiting Saturday’s panel to share what they have learned while reading Oluo’s book with community members, Gross said.

“Reading the book has definitely made me more aware of race and the issues surrounding it,” she said. “I think I can only learn from [the panelists], so I’m excited about that. And I’m excited that people in the community want to be there to talk about it because it’s a hard topic.”

The event is currently sold out with a max of 25 tickets sold as a safety precaution. However, those wanting to watch can catch the live-stream on the library’s Facebook page.

The next event as part of the series is Toddler Time on Tuesday, Oct. 20, and Preschool Storytime the next day. Both events offer in-person and online attendance options and begin at 10 a.m.

For more information on Saturday’s panel or the upcoming events visit, sequintexas.gov/landing_library.php or the library’s Facebook page.

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(3) comments

JWard

A black man, Barack Obama , was elected to the highest office in the land. Twice! Less than 15 percent of our country is black so it appears he got some votes elsewhere. This narrative that our country is racist is a big pile of feces. One political party in this country needs chaos and for all of us to hate each other. Divide and conquer. Don't buy into it. November 3rd can't get here soon enough.

Every single person that is born in our country is privileged, - regardless of what race you are. God Bless America.

Shepard

Absolutely correct, but many Americans fail to see reality; “systemic racism” is the mantra of those wishing to tear the country apart, not those that wish it to become closer together. The Democratic Party needs constant turmoil to drive emotional support of the nonexistent, aided by partisan media conglomerates whose aim is to generate viewership for profit.

Colin Powell, a man I much admired and would have supported as a presidential candidate before the disastrous second Gulf War, was a Major General in 1983, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in 1989, and supported for his 5th star in 1993 (but not by the Democrats). Considering this, how is there a ‘systemic racism’ issue in America? How about the others? How did Oprah Winfrey become a celebrity and billionaire? Why would there be a doubling of non-whites in Congress in less than 20 years? Why would Congress allow 87% of all immigrants to be non-European?

Though statistics, actual numbers, tell a vastly different story, the radical left liberals, stealing the nomen of ‘progressive’, is attempting (and succeeding) in driving a wedge between citizens and throwing our government into disarray.

Maybe it is time for a revolution. Maybe those of us in the center need to rise up and quell this disgusting shift towards social chaos, media influence and government control. Let’s hope that ballot box in November is able to show where the majority wishes this country to go. If not, this condition, this virus we have, is only just showing, and our grandchildren will be saddled with the results.

Dldmny

Out of curiosity, I decided to visit Amazon.com to learn how Ms. Oluo's book was reviewed by purchasers. Eighty-five percent of readers, many of which admitted to being white, gave the books five stars. I read several of the reviews five-stars to one (2%), and have decided to read it for myself. I am of Anglo descent and if privileged as a result of my race that was unapparent to me. I and many others have experienced uncertainty in our lives. I firmly believe that hard work and dedication can prevail in improving one's lot in life regardless of race. Like many of the reviewers on Amazon, I may feel differently after reading the book.

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