Meet BOD member – Valerie

It’s #BlackHistoryMonth! Join us in celebrating the incredible black women who make JRF so amazing. Meet Valerie Bell! Val is a member of the JRF Board of Directors. She is the executive director of the Athens Regional Library System, which covers five Northeast Georgia counties with 11 library branches. Valerie previously served as Assistant Director…

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Combatting Anti-Asian Crime

Happy #WakeUpWednesday and happy late #LunarNewYear! The Lunar New Year, which fell on February 12th this year, is celebrated by many East Asian Americans, and it signifies the first new moon of the lunisolar calendar! It’s supposed to be a joyous time, but unfortunately due to COVID-19 and the racism wrapped up with it, many…

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Corporate America celebrates Black History Month

It’s #WakeUpWednesday during #BlackHistoryMonth, so we’d like to take a little time to talk about this month. Specifically, we want to discuss how large corporations celebrate this month. Take a look at this opinion article by Ernest Owens, a Philadelphia-based journalist. In this article, Owens opens with a cringe-worthy anecdote about how his coworkers &…

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BSL vs. ASL

Happy #WakeUpWednesday! Today, we want to talk about how racial injustice and inequality has impacted many different facets of life, including language! “The difference between BASL and ASL is that BASL got seasoning.” Charmay, the New York Times Take a look at this NYT article that details how Black American Sign Language (BASL) differs from…

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