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Author Reading: Wayne Wiegand

Chapel Hill Public Library
Event organized by Chapel Hill Public Library

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Wayne Wiegand and his wife Shirley are the authors of the new book, The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism. The Wiegands trace the struggle for equal access to the years before the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision, when black activists in the South focused their efforts on equalizing accommodations, rather than on the more daunting―and dangerous―task of undoing segregation.

Readers in Chapel Hill may be familiar with some of this historical era; in Chapel Hill Public Library's Banned Books Trading Cards project, artist Michael Crowell submitted a rendition of the mugshot for Geraldine Hollis, taken after she was arrested for attempting to integrate the library in Tougalou, Mississippi.

Co-sponsored by the UNC School of Library and Information Science. Flyleaf will have copies of the book available for sale.