Libraries, Segregation, and Civil Rights

Librarians have a reputation for upholding the rights of their communities by creating protected spaces for people of all backgrounds. This is why it is surprising to many people that libraries used to be spaces that participated in acts of injustice towards the Black community. These stories need to be heard, however, and libraries and library organizations across the country are working to address this dark period of our nation’s history

Alexandria Library Sit-Ins

Nashville’s Civil Rights Room

Preserved Collections of Birmingham History

Recognizing the Injustices of the Past