The outstanding presidents who have commanded and empowered the
membership (in chronological order) are:
William D. Cunningham
James R. Wright
Harry Robinson, Jr.
George C. Grant
Doreitha R. Madden
Robert L. Wright
Barbara Williams Jenkins
Marva L. DeLoach
Edith M. Fisher
John C. Tyson
D. Alex Boyd
Stanton F. Biddle
Laudatory advancements that were achieved by the distinguished
Successfully sponsored a resolution which called for censure
of libraries and/or libraries providing services or materials
to racist schools established to circumvent racial integration.
Successfully sponsored an ALA resolution to ensure African American
representation on library governing boards.
Passed a resolution asking libraries to seek fair employment
practices from their suppliers of goods and services.
Adopted a resolution in support of the International Book Year
aimed specifically toward African nations.
Inspired and supported the development of regional Black Caucuses
throughout the nation.
Organized a task force on telecommunications.
Publication of a newsletter which is still in print.
Supported the successful campaign and election of Clara Stanton
Jones as the first African American President of ALA. This support
for elections continues annually as members become candidates
for Council seats and other significant appointments.
Coordinated the exposure of the subtle and overt racist content
and portrayals in the Intellectual Freedom Committee film production,
Sponsored the "Booklift to West Indies College" program which
produced more than 16,000 volumes and over $ 11,000.
Joined the National Black Leadership Roundtable which was convened
by the Congressional Black Caucus.
Supported the successful campaign and election of E.J. Josey
as the second African American President of ALA.
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