Saturday, October 25, 2014

Freedom's Reading: The Discovery of Two Alabama Freedom Libraries. -M. Selby

Selby, Mike. (2013). Freedom's Reading: The Discovery of Two Alabama Freedom Libraries. Southeastern Librarian, 61(3), 11-18.

Freedom Libraries were originally a product of ‘Freedom Summer’—the voting registration campaign launched by  various civil rights organizations in Mississippi during the  summer of 1964. Information about these libraries has  been extremely limited, so much so that their very
existence remains “virtually unknown even within the  American library community” (Cook 3). This changed in  2008, when Karen Cook’s dissertation provided a comprehensive and exhaustive look at Mississippi Freedom Libraries. She positively identified over 80 different ones.

Selby tells the story of the The Selma Freedom Library and the The Hayneville Freedom Library.


See also:  Frederick W. Heinze-

The Freedom Libraries of Mississippi (originally published in 1965).


http://www.slj.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/FreedomLibraries_3pp_article.pdf
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