At a time when racism and the targeting of diversity seems to be getting rampant, understanding and acceptance of diversity may be the only answer to violence caused by fear of the stranger. The Living Library suggests human contact as the best antidote to discrimination, and a friendly face conversation face with “living books”, with people that narrated how they accept racism through their personal experiences, as the simplest tool understanding the other and address the ignorance that creates prejudice.
The Living Library was created in 2009 by a group of volunteers and volunteers as a means of human rights education. Since then the group grew and was enriched, to reach today consists of more than 50 people with different experiences: refugees, immigrants, people with disabilities, gay men, HIV-positive, trans people, conscientious objectors, psychiatric services users.
On Sunday, June 23, three days after the World Refugee Day, from 15:00 to 20:00, the Living Library will be located in Corinth Youth Center in Koliatsou 112, Corinth. Visitors to the Living Library will be able to chat with “live books”, to hear their stories, to make their questions to learn what you were afraid to ask and eventually confront their prejudices.
The site is accessible to people with disabilities, and there will be a list of books with big font. It even provided a “living dictionary” (translation) in English and in Greek Sign Language, if the reader does not speak the language of the book. Finally, there will be a possibility of creative childcare readers during their visit to the Living Library.
Come and read those stories that cause you, hinder you, intrigue you, come there that the narrative becomes resistance.
For more information and an indicative list of books: www.humanlibrary.gr
* The emergence of Live Library in Corinth is dedicated to the memory of Zoe Cecilia Coford, companion to inspirer of the idea and coordinator of International Network of Human Libraries (HumanLibrary.org), Ronni Abergel, who was unexpectedly taken from us last May at the age of 38 years.