Janet R. Damon has been an anti-bias educator and community librarian for twenty-four years. She is co-founder of Afros and Books, a citywide literacy and nature engagement that offers culturally sustaining programming and book clubs for families in Denver. Her organization has offered more than fifty culturally sustaining programs for youth and distributed more than one thousand books to Denver-area youth. Janet was awarded the Inaugural Making our Futures Brighter Award from the Black Family Advisory Council in 2022, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award in 2022, and the Library Journal Mover and Shaker Award in 2020.