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Freedom libraries : the untold story of libraries for African Americans in the South

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As the Civil Rights Movement exploded across the United States, the media of the time was able to show the rest of the world images of horrific racial violence. And while some of the bravest people of the twentieth century risked their lives for the right to simply order a cheeseburger, ride a bus, or use a clean water fountain, there was another virtually unheard of struggle--this one for the right to read. Although illegal, racial segregation was strictly enforced in a number of American states, and public libraries were not immune. Numerous libraries were desegregated on paper only: there would be no cards given to African Americans, no books for them read, and no furniture for them to use. It was these exact conditions that helped create Freedom Libraries. Over eighty of these parallel libraries appeared in the Deep South, staffed by civil rights voter registration workers. While the grassroots nature of the libraries meant they varied in size and quality, all of them created the first encounter many African Americans had with a library. Terror, bombings, and eventually murder would be visited on the Freedom Libraries--with people giving up their lives so others could read a library book. This book delves into how these libraries were the heart of the Civil Rights Movement and the remarkable courage of the people who used them. They would forever change libraries and librarianship, even as they helped the greater movement change the society these libraries belonged to. Photographs of the libraries bring this little-known part of American history to life.

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Wood Library Association - Canandaigua YA 027.6 SEL (Text)
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1001 . ‡aSelby, Mike, ‡d1976- ‡eauthor.
24510. ‡aFreedom libraries : ‡bthe untold story of libraries for African Americans in the South / ‡cMike Selby.
264 1. ‡aLanham : ‡bRowman & Littlefield, ‡c[2019]
300 . ‡axiv, 193 pages : ‡b table, black and white photographs ; ‡c24 cm
336 . ‡atext ‡btxt ‡2rdacontent.
337 . ‡aunmediated ‡bn ‡2rdamedia.
338 . ‡avolume ‡bnc ‡2rdacarrier.
500 . ‡aIncludes index: p. 187-192.
504 . ‡aIncludes bibliography: p. 183-185.
5050 . ‡aPreface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- The American public library meets the Civil Rights Movement -- Mississippi: the people without books -- We are afraid: the Freedom Libraries -- White backlash: 35 shootings, 80 beatings, 65 bombings -- Alabama: books in the black belt -- Philadelphia: books by and for black people -- Arkansas: we are all connected -- Aftermath: the long dream -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- About the author.
520 . ‡aAs the Civil Rights Movement exploded across the United States, the media of the time was able to show the rest of the world images of horrific racial violence. And while some of the bravest people of the twentieth century risked their lives for the right to simply order a cheeseburger, ride a bus, or use a clean water fountain, there was another virtually unheard of struggle--this one for the right to read. Although illegal, racial segregation was strictly enforced in a number of American states, and public libraries were not immune. Numerous libraries were desegregated on paper only: there would be no cards given to African Americans, no books for them read, and no furniture for them to use. It was these exact conditions that helped create Freedom Libraries. Over eighty of these parallel libraries appeared in the Deep South, staffed by civil rights voter registration workers. While the grassroots nature of the libraries meant they varied in size and quality, all of them created the first encounter many African Americans had with a library. Terror, bombings, and eventually murder would be visited on the Freedom Libraries--with people giving up their lives so others could read a library book. This book delves into how these libraries were the heart of the Civil Rights Movement and the remarkable courage of the people who used them. They would forever change libraries and librarianship, even as they helped the greater movement change the society these libraries belonged to. Photographs of the libraries bring this little-known part of American history to life.
61020. ‡aMississippi Freedom Project. ‡0(EG-IN)966834
650 0. ‡aAfrican Americans and libraries ‡zSouthern States ‡xHistory ‡y20th century.
650 0. ‡aCivil rights movements ‡zSouthern States ‡xHistory ‡y20th century.
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