The Gwinnett County Public Library exists to provide the place and resources for us all to connect, learn, and grow. That mission is at the heart of the Hooper-Renwick Memorial Program Fund and Endowment’s principal program—the annual Hooper-Renwick Memorial Author Speaker Series. To improve genuine equity and true inclusion for all residents of Gwinnett County, we must increase understanding and foster empathy—we must provide the opportunity for people to connect with others who are not like them, learn from them, and grow from the experience. True justice and equity will not be realized without racial healing and reconciliation. As a community, we will have to truly come together to move forward.
Gwinnett leads. As the most diverse county in Georgia, Gwinnett County stands as the perfect community to lead our state and nation in moving beyond lip service and modeling how you grow hearts and minds to see improvement in our county and beyond.
Why an Author & Speaker Series?
We need a broad entry point. We see this series as a primary starting point for ongoing conversations in the community. The Gwinnett County Library is an ideal convener already engaged in bringing authors to Gwinnett and developing programs targeted at balancing inequities. The library has a successful track record of meeting people where they are and moving them forward.
This series leverages the strengths and broad appeal of the library to begin courageous conversations encouraging all the residents of Gwinnett to come together, to learn from each other, and to grow from the experience. Our hope is that these larger gatherings would spur and feed into smaller gatherings convened by other community partners where experiences are shared, otherwise unlikely friendships are forged, and necessary cultural change begins to take hold increasing the opportunity for systemic and institutional change.
- Convene courageous, ongoing conversations,
- Build community instead of fear,
- Celebrate the strength in our diversity, and
- Provide the place and resources for us all to connect, learn, and grow—together.
We want to see strangers become friends, friends become allies, and allies to become advocates and activists.
Local Voices. Local Leaders.