The conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is an important step on the long road towards racial justice. Still, the moment makes clear how much work remains to bring systemic change and ensure that people of color can feel safe and valued.
Through the ongoing equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts we began with our staff several years ago and the President’s Council for Racial Equity we established after Floyd’s killing, as well as through the programs, services, and resources we offer the public, the Library is committed to doing its part to combat racism, promote understanding, create educational and economic opportunities for all, and bring our communities together.
Dennis M. Walcott
President & CEO, Queens Public Library
Michael Rodriguez, Esq.
Chair of the Board, Queens Public Library Board of Trustees