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Posted on: March 9, 2021

"Calling In" Poster Project at ELPL Inspired by the Work of Professor Loretta Ross

East Lansing, MI – The East Lansing Public Library (ELPL) and the East Lansing - Michigan State University One Book, One Community (OBOC) Committee are excited to share a public poster exhibition entitled “Calling In.” Inspired by the work of Professor Loretta J. Ross on Calling In the Calling Out Culture, this exhibition showcases posters from Learning for Justice and the Michigan State University (MSU) Libraries’ Special Collections. Displayed with the posters are iconic quotes from the social activists: bell hooks, Audre Lorde and Professor Ross.

The exhibition highlights the destructive reality of dehumanizing people and our long history of coming together for justice. It challenges viewers to think about the power of compassion in affecting change. Exhibition participants are encouraged to move from left to right across the exhibition and to reflect on how the quotes and posters resonate with them. Participants should consider the actions of compassion and love as techniques for change and unity, in celebration of our many differences.

“Professor Ross shares that calling in is calling out done with radical love and respect to achieve accountability. The posters are a wonderful demonstration and display of calling in throughout our history, a show of humanity,” said ELPL Director Kristin Shelley. “I am excited to share the posters and quotes with the community and hopefully help foster thoughtful conversations.”

The OBOC program hosted a community conversation on the Calling In Culture with Professor Loretta J. Ross on March 2, 2021. Calling In is a social activism concept that centers on changing problematic behavior with intention, compassion, strategy and patience. Professor Ross explains, “Calling in is a technique that does allow all parties to move forward. It’s a concept created by human rights practitioners to challenge the toxicity of call-out culture. Calling in is speaking up without tearing down.”

The dates of the exhibition are from March 8, 2021 to May 19, 2021 and can be viewed by driving or walking up to the library, located at 950 Abbot Road in East Lansing. This is an outdoor exhibition. Please wear a mask if you are visiting the library and follow the health guidelines from the Ingham County Health Department and City of East Lansing. 

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