Nichola Swallow shares her story of becoming a Book at the Human Library and her insights in dealing with eating disorders.
It is about recognizing that we are imperfect, we make mistakes, we all make judgements and we have unconscious biases.
One reader asked me if I’d rather be white, because of all the adversities that black people face. I wanted to say, ‘hell no’, but I didn’t!
“As I cried for social justice, I found the issues of intolerance and conflict to be something that desperately needs to be worked on.”
“The first time they experience it and their face lights up, you can just tell they are so excited about the possibilities with this library.”
“I saw tears dropping from her eyes as I spoke about the violence and insecurity I faced as a child and how my parents worked hard to pull my family out of that environment”
Meet Aske Ravn, a 25 year old dane from Copenhagen and open book on being Transgender.
Allison McFadden-Keesling has hosted more than 20 Human Library events at Oakland Community College in Michigan. After her family comes the library.
It is such a humbling experience to help people heal, and when I listen to the reader’s stories, it has often led to some sort of personal growth.”
“I feel I have a responsibility to talk about it and by having difficult conversations, I believe I make it easier for others to share their stories.”