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Stacey Abrams

Political leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams—who served 11 years in the Georgia House of Representatives and in 2018 ran for governor of Georgia, a seat she has famously refused to concede because of allegations of voter suppression—has continued to fight for civic engagement. Her name has been discussed as a potential running mate for Joe Biden....


Robin Bradford and Becky Spratford

Library workers know there’s no shortage of diversity among the books and materials on the market—but presenters at “Suggesting Own Voices to All Readers: EDI and RA Service,” a June 25 session at ALA Virtual, addressed the barriers that separate diverse books from potential readers.

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This program from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association will examine the life and professional career of the librarian, educator, and activist E. J. Josey within the broader social and political landscape of civil rights. 10–10:45 a.m. Friday, June 26.

Academy Award–winning actor, director, producer, and activist Natalie Portman will discuss her debut picture book Natalie Portman’s Fables. 1–2 p.m. Friday, June 26.

Celebrate with incoming ALA President Julius C. Jefferson Jr. as he kicks off his presidential year. This Zoom party will feature DJ Kryptonite Rocks. 4–5 p.m. Friday, June 26.


ALA Virtual Preview

Read our roundup to learn about some of the can’t-miss programs, speakers, awards, and social networking opportunities awaiting attendees at ALA’s first-ever online-only member engagement event.

Our latest podcast episode features Coretta Scott King Book Award–winning illustrators April Harrison and James E. Ransome, who will be honored at the joint Book Award Celebration on Sunday.


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