A Conversation about Libraries in the Jim Crow South: A Webinar


In celebration of Black History Month, join author Cheryl Knott, author of the award-winning Not Free, Not for All: Public Libraries in the Age of Jim Crow and Civil Rightsactivist Geraldine Hollis, author of Back to Mississippi;  artist Michael Crowell; and Chapel Hill Library Director Susan Brown for an engaging and educational conversation on the history of libraries and life in the Jim Crow South.

The Jim Crow laws were in effect in the U.S. South from 1890-1965. During that time, libraries were one of many segregated institutions. Geraldine Hollis (then Edwards), a student at Tougaloo College in Mississippi, was one of nine students arrested at the white public library in Jackson for attempting to read books that were not available at the colored library. The recent movie Hidden Figures highlighted several heroines from the Civil Rights era and numerous unsung heroes who contributed to the progress we’ve seen; Geraldine Hollis is one of those heroes.

The webinar is sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation.