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Trailblazers in Conversation

Trailblazers in Conversation

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Trailblazers in Conversation

Join LA County Library Director Skye Patrick for Trailblazers in Conversation, a dialogue series featuring politicians, authors, community organizers and other trailblazers who are making a difference in our community.

Featured Conversation

Trailblazers in Conversation with Holly Mitchell

Monday, June 13, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Join Supervisor Holly J. Mitchell and Library Director Skye Patrick for a special Juneteenth edition of Trailblazers in Conversation. Enjoy an informative and engaging conversation about racial justice and LA County’s efforts to build back equitably after the pandemic. This event will be held virtually on Cisco Webex. For all ages.
Register here.

Previous Conversations

Trailblazers in Conversation with Kathryn Barger and Skye Patrick

Trailblazers in Conversation: Supervisor Kathryn Barger
As we celebrated Mental Health Awareness Month, Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Library Director Skye Patrick discuss the nation’s mental health crisis and the efforts LA County is making to support mental health legislation and advocacy for LA County residents and vulnerable communities. The program, which took place on May 2nd,  also featured a conversation about Supervisor Barger’s career. For teens and adults.
Watch event recording here.

Trailblazers in conversation - Sheila Kuehl

Trailblazers in Conversation: Supervisor Sheila Keuhl
On October 26th, Library Director Skye Patrick had the pleasure of speaking with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl as part of LA County Library’s first Trailblazers in Conversation virtual chat series. The event shed light on Kuehl’s continued passion for equity, inclusiveness and equality for all in LA County. Asking the sought after questions, Skye dug deep into the accolades of Kuehl covering various highlights from her early TV star years to now touching on her current time as a supervisor for the LA County Board of Supervisors. A champion for the LGBTQ+ community, Kuehl became a founding member of California Legislative LGBT Caucus while also being the first openly gay person elected to the LA County Board of Supervisors. Kuehl’s tenacity and drive has led her to where she is today, making a difference within her community.
Watch event recording here.

Trailblazers in Conversation featuring Patrisse Cullors

Trailblazers in Conversation: Patrisse Cullars & Angela Davis
In “An Abolitionist’s Handbook,” artist, author, and organizer Patrisse Cullors charts a framework for how everyday activists can effectively fight for an abolitionist present and future. Filled with relatable pedagogy on the history of abolition, a reimagining of what reparations look like for Black lives, and real-life anecdotes, “An Abolitionist’s Handbook” offers a bold and humanistic approach to how to be a modern-day abolitionist. On January 27, 2022 Cullors virtually discussed her latest work with political activist, scholar, and philosopher Angela Davis. The program was moderated by LA County Library Director Skye Patrick.
Watch event recording here.

Presented in partnership with California African American Museum, the talk was preceded by a performance from Versa-Style Dance Company, a non-profit organization and dance ensemble that consists of committed and conscientious artists representing the diversity and beautiful complexity of Los Angeles. They seek to empower underserved and marginalized groups worldwide through the movement and culture of Hip-Hop dance by creating groundbreaking concert dance works that represent messages of diversity, inclusion, and equity, both on stage and within our communities.
Watch Versa-Style Dance Company’s performance