Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Juliette Morgan-Montgomery Librarian who Protested Segregation

As the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in December approaches, the Montgomery City-County Library Board has a unique opportunity to commemorate the boycott in an appropriate way by naming a library for former city librarian Juliette Morgan.

Morgan was a white librarian whose public support for the black citizens who challenged the city's segregated bus system caused her to be the target of ridicule and abuse from many white citizens. Those attacks, including threats to boycott the library she loved, eventually led her to commit suicide.

Alabama Heritage gives background in "Juliette Hampton Morgan: From Socialite to Social Activist."

--thanks to LISNews-"Library May be Named for Activist Librarian."