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Felicia A. Smith

Felicia A. Smith is the Inaugural Racial Justice and Social Equity Librarian at Stanford Libraries. Felicia proposed the idea of the KNOW Systemic Racism (KSR) project, and is the visionary behind Stanford Libraries’ Say Their Names--No More Names exhibit.

This forget-me-not exhibit is in solidarity with the global Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement after the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020. This exhibit includes three cases where government officials admitted to and apologized for systematic racism against Black people.

Felicia creatively adapted the protest slogan “No Justice, No Peace, No Racist Police” to an educational setting by changing the spelling of the word “NO” to “KNOW.” The resulting KSR slogan reads, “KNOW Justice, KNOW Peace, KNOW Systemic Racism.”

The KSR documents systematic discrimination perpetrated by institutionalized white supremacy and will highlight insidious interconnections starting with housing and policing.

Felicia formerly worked in the criminal legal system. She created an information literacy program using Kindles for inmates in a juvenile jail in Indiana. However, most people remember Felicia as a criminal defense private investigator in Chicago, Illinois, specializing in homicide and narcotics, and carrying a .357 Magnum revolver.