Engage 2020: Look Back, Move Forward

 

 

 

 

 

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, in partnership with the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and with the support of Pivotal Ventures, a Melinda Gates company, is proud to announce the launch of Engage 2020: Look Back, Move Forward.

Engage 2020 runs from May through November 2020 online and at community locations around Mecklenburg County as allowed by the COVID crisis. The year 2020 marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote. The Library and DPLA seek to tell the stories of women, particularly women of color, engaged in the suffrage movement and other civic initiatives over the last 100 years.   Engage 2020 will connect the community in a conversation about the history of voting in the U.S., past and current civic and social trends, and spotlight the history of voting rights. There will be programs and events scheduled virtually, with the intent of capturing voices, perspectives, and stories reflecting the diversity of Charlotte-Mecklenburg.  Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles has been named honorary chair of Engage 2020.

The DPLA partnership focuses on civic engagement, current social and civic trends, and the 2020 election with support from its digital collection highlighting the role of Black women in voting rights and civic engagement. Content will be shared with the community.

Engage in your community and be counted!  The United States Census Bureau counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories every 10 years. In 2020, you and your household can fill out the Census Questionnaire online. Click here for more information and the link to the Census Questionnaire.

 
 

Looking for booklists, podcasts, videos, and more on civic engagement, women's voting rights, and current social and civic trends? Our librarians have put together lists of resources here.

Be counted during the 2020 Census

Monday, March 23, 2020
The 2020 Census is for everyone and important to the community. Learn more here about why you should take, how you can take it, and its confidentiality.

Getting Started Podcasting

Saturday, July 11 10:00 AM

Feeling stir crazy and ready to learn a fun new skill? Robert Ingalls, Podcast Coach and Founder of Lawpods, has partnered with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library to bring you this virtual podcasting event.

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Engage 2020: 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

Wednesday, July 15 6:00 PM

A Learning Circle is a free, lightly facilitated group of learners coming together to achieve educational goals on a variety of topics. A Learning Circle is akin to a book group with a goal of exploring a new topic or skill. Join us for the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge!

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Social Justice Book Club

Join us on the third Thursday of every month as we read and discuss topics related to social justice. Meet new people, explore new ideas, gain further insight into today's world, and join us in a journey to a more equitable society. This month's selection is "How to Be an Antiracist" by Ibram X.

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Engage 2020: 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge

Wednesday, July 22 6:00 PM

A Learning Circle is a free, lightly facilitated group of learners coming together to achieve educational goals on a variety of topics. A Learning Circle is akin to a book group with a goal of exploring a new topic or skill. Join us for the 21-Day Racial Equity and Social Justice Challenge!

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