Wayne Wiegand, F. Williams Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies Professor Emeritus, is embarking on a twenty-city book tour with his wife and co-author, Shirley Wiegand, for their book The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism. This tour includes a stop at FSU on April 13, 2018. Then on June 24, the Wiegands will be a part of a major program at the New Orleans Public Library. This event will also feature speeches from four former public library protestors. To learn more about this event, please view the orange-bordered flyer below.
Published by LSU Press, The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South: Civil Rights and Local Activism tells an expansive story of the integration of southern public libraries brought upon by tireless local activists, largely comprised of the young black community. The Wiegands trace back the struggles and influences a variety of southern communities, cities, and states had that led to the desegregation of Jim Crow public libraries.
The book, written by the retired iSchool professor and his wife, adds to the historical national dialogue of civil rights activism, along with the influence that community activism had on the public library system. Wayne Wiegand has authored various books that you can find on Amazon. We look forward to seeing the Wiegands on campus April 13th in the Bradley Reading Room in the Strozier Library at 2:00pm. Click here for more information about their visit.