The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) will present a Living Memorial Tree in the City of Ferguson in honor of Michael Brown Jr.
The Ferguson Tree Dedication Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18 in Ferguson’s January-Wabash Memorial Park, 501 N. Florissant Rd. The ceremony will be held outside at the park’s bandshell. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors to the nearby Annex building.
The City of Ferguson will plant and maintain the tree.
Brown’s death on August 9 resulted in local and national protests and spurred a nationwide debate about law enforcement’s treatment of African-Americans.
“The tree dedication ceremony to honor Michael Brown Jr. represents just one of several social justice issues that BCALA champions,” said Makiba Foster, co-team leader of the 9th National Conference of African American Librarians (NCAAL) being held in St. Louis later this year.
“Philanthropically, we also support various disaster relief and recovery efforts, diversity scholarships, literacy initiatives and health information literacy through various programming with the National Library of Medicine.”
BCALA is a nonprofit organization for different areas of librarianship, including school, public, academic, and special, with national and international membership. It also provides leadership for the recruitment and development of African-American education and information professionals.
It is one of seven American Library Association ethnic affiliates and advocates for promoting and improving library services to diverse populations and communities of color. In addition, BCALA has sponsored literary awards for African American authors since 1994 and is also a sponsor of the prestigious Coretta Scott King Book Award.
For more information about BCALA and the 9th NCAAL visit BCALA.org.