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Josey, E. J. “Affirmative Action for Blacks and other minority librarians.” Negro History Bulletin. 38 (1975): 423-427.

Wilkins, J. “Searching for minority power in Washington.” American Libraries. 6 (1975): 672. Read More >>

Diversity and Equity Through Unity: A Brief History of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association

"I have sometimes looked with wonder on the jargon of our times wherein those whose words reside in the past are called progressive while those whose words are vital enough to challenge and mold the future are dubbed 'reactionary'."

-Jomo Mzee Kenyatta Suffering Without Bitterness (1968)

In the 1960s, black people throughout America, including black librarians, were seriously concerned about the state of the country and its survival as a beacon of democracy. The roots of the Black Caucus extend from that tumultuous period. Starting in 1970, the birth of the Black Caucus has changed the profession and will continue to indubitably impact American librarianship.

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