SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, the Scotch Plains Public and Fanwood Memorial libraries, along with Social Justice Matters, will present two programs at the Scotch Plains Public Library.

At 1:00 pm, Dr. Larry Leverett will speak about Inequality in Education. After a short break for refreshments, the public is invited to continue participation at 3:00 pm, with How Did We Get to Today? Awareness, Acknowledgement & Advancement: A Conversation with Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps and Bishop Kelvin C. Brooks. At this first of a three-part discussion series to be held at both libraries, community members are invited to come together to explore awareness of current issues of race and civil rights through their parallels and connections to historical events. Dr. Leverett, Rabbi Joel Abraham, and Hon. Leland McGee of Social Justice Matters will join Dr. Caldwell Epps and Bishop Kelvin C. Brooks to help facilitate discussion.

Two more discussions will follow:

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Acknowledgement – Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:00 p.m. at Fanwood Memorial Library. Dr. Caldwell Epps will speak about New Jersey's "questionable history" on race relations, and the North's often-overlooked record on the same. This presentation would deal with current events -- what they say about the state of civil rights in America and how far we have come as a nation. The past will be acknowledged, and participants will address the question of "what does all that have to do with today?”

Advancement – Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p,m, at Scotch Plains Public Library. Once we have established what civil rights has looked like over the centuries, as well as the present day struggles, this final part of the program is geared toward discussion of ways that citizens can make their voices heard to effect the changes they desire.

To register for the discussions or any Created Equal programs, phone either library: 908.322.6400 (Fanwood) or 908.322.5007 (Scotch Plains), email or register online at The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Our libraries' series is supported in part by the Friends groups of both the Fanwood Memorial Library and the Scotch Plains Public Library.