The Racial Justice Advisory Group (RJAG) is the Berkeley Public Library's staff-led team that researches, documents, and shines a light on moments of history integral to creating an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. This month, RJAG celebrates Mr. Jacobs, one of our former librarians. In honor of Mr. Jacobs's extraordinary contribution, the City Council created a Special Proclamation:
"[...] Mr. Jacobs pioneered the effort to desegregate the Berkeley Public Library’s collections after noting that books authored by African American writers as well as books about African Americans were all shelved in the Dewey Decimal 326 category of '326 Slavery & Emancipation,' regardless of topic, genre or scope; [...] Mr. Jacobs in the early 1960s began ensuring that collections and storytimes also featured female protagonists, supporting gender representation much sooner than many colleagues and libraries."
Read the full proclamation here.