In 1961, Geraldine Edwards Hollis and eight of her fellow students from Tougaloo College entered a whites-only library in Jackson, MS and were arrested. This act of protest helped spark the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi yet it has been largely lost to history. More than fifty years later, Ms. Hollis connected with a public library director and an artist from North Carolina and her story is being retold and remembered. At this program, Ms. Hollis will tell the story of the Tougaloo Nine, reflect on the Civil Rights movement, and inspire participants with both the story of her struggle and her enduing love of reading and libraries.
Co-sponsored by the Committee on Professional Ethics, Public Library Association and Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services
Meeting Type: Program
Content Area: Core Values
Type of Library: Academic, Association, Community College, Public, School/Media Center
Sponsors: ALA, OIF, ODLOS, PLA
Cost: Included with full conference registration.