Fruita for Equality is a collaboration to support equality, inclusivity, and diversity through meaningful conversations and action in the community.
January 2021
Lively discussion highlights
Fruita history event
Members of our community joined us in January for a lively discussion of Fruita’s history as it pertains to equality, inclusivity, and diversity.

The event and discussion, titled "Fruita History: The KKK, Charlie Glass, and the Minter Family," focused on the presence of the Ku Klux Klan in our community in the mid-1920s, the life of famed Black cowboy Charlie Glass, and the outpouring of community support for the Minter family after a tragic automobile accident along U.S. Highway 6.

These historical events were shared to provide context and shed light on our community’s past as a means for us to better understand where our community is at now, and to inspire us to make mindful decisions for the future. The presentation was facilitated with the assistance of the Fruita Historic Preservation Board.
Book Recommendation
Quotations and illustrations vividly portray leader in "Martin's Big Words"
Starting this month, enjoy a reading recommendation from the Fruita for Equality Committee!


This book is recommended for young families who are beginning to learn about the life of Martin Luther King Jr. Using quotes from some of his beloved speeches, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. comes to life in stunning collage art and vibrant watercolor paintings in this profound and important biography about beliefs and dreams and following one's heart. Martin Luther King Jr., in his own words, will inspire and affect you, too.

"Martin’s Big Words" and many other books about the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr. are available for checkout at all Mesa County Libraries locations.
Celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr.
in the latest episode of The Audissey
Observed each year on the third Monday in January as “a day on, not a day off,” Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

David Combs of Black Citizens and Friends of Grand Junction joins us on The Audissey to discuss the history of MLK Day events in Grand Junction, our favorite stories of Black lives, and the events Black Citizens and Friends are hosting this year to keep the mission of building a positive community in Grand Junction going in a time of social distancing. Thank you, David, for taking the time and sharing the mission of Black Citizens and Friends with Mesa County Libraries!
Check out Kanopy's special collection of
Black History Month titles
Kanopy makes it easy to watch some of the most critically acclaimed films ever made, along with Great Courses options.

Enjoy Kanopy's special collection celebrating Black History Month. This special collection includes more than 60 films to watch on-demand with your Kanopy account.

Mesa County Libraries cardholders get 10 Kanopy checkouts per month, in addition to access to Kanopy Kids. Kanopy movies are available for any use, including classroom lessons and public performances.

To learn more about how to use Kanopy, visit our Kanopy Guide.
Consider attending upcoming
Fruita for Equality committee meetings
Join us via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 8, to discuss future Fruita for Equality events.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 823 5926 2254
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kk4fke0N6
Please contact fruitaforequality@gmail.com for more information about Fruita for Equality.
If you haven’t had a chance to answer the questions from our in-person event, Start the Conversation, last September, please do so!
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