Literacy Activist and Collectivist Librarian
Janet R. Damon is a literacy engagement activist, librarian, and the cofounder of Afros and Books, a literacy outreach program that designs culturally responsive community engagement events, workshops, and programming for families. Her work centers community building through literacy activism and trauma-sensitive literacy instruction using inclusive literature.
She is the recipient of the Rev. Dr. James Peters Humanitarian Award in 2022 and the Library Journal Mover and Shaker Award 2020. Her work has been featured in School Library Journal, American Library Association, American Libraries, and Rocky Mountain PBS.
"Committed acts of caring let all students know that the purpose of education is not to dominate, or prepare them to be dominators, but rather to create the conditions for freedom. Caring educators open the mind, allowing students to embrace a world of knowing that is always subject to change and challenge." - bell hooks, Teaching Community