The Concerned Black Workers of the Free Library of Philadelphia Speak!


photo courtesy of The Free Library of Philadelphia



On August 19, 2020, on Uncle Devin's WEE Nation Radio show on WPFW 89.3 FM, Uncle Devin sat down with members of the Concerned Black Workers of the Free Library of Philadelphia (CBWFLP) Andrea Lemoins, Fred Ginyard, Shahadah Abdul-Rashid to discuss their ongoing protest against racism within the library system. He also had the pleasure of interviewing Julie Be of Ants on a Log, who performs music for children and childlike people, while advocating for positivity and social justice, for her role in galvanizing other family music artists to stand in solidarity with CBWFLP.


As reported in our previous blog post, Children's Artists Cancel Shows in Solidarity with Black Workers of the Free Library of Philadelphia the director, Siobhan Reardon resigned amid complaints of workplace racial discrimination. While that was a step in the right direction, the Concerned Black Workers (CBW) advised that there is still much work to be done.


They are now calling for the Mayor, Jim Kenney, to remove Pamela Dembe as Chair of the Board of Trustees due to racist statements she has made in the past. Julie has drafted a wonderful document that serves as a roadmap of how you can continue to support the CBW in its mission to eradicate racism in the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP).


The document details how to achieve the three steps we all can take to move the CBW closer to their goal to eliminate systemic racism at FLP. It also includes a copy of a letter signed by 10 members of the Philadelphia City Council who stand in solidarity with the CBW.

  1. Contact Mayor Jim Kenney and ask him to remove Pamela Dembe from the Board of Trustees.

  2. Email these Council Members to ENCOURAGE them to sign the letter

  3. Email these Council Members to THANK them for signing this letter

If you missed the broadcast of the interview, visit WEENationRadio.com/WPFW and select the August 19, 2020 show.


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