It is my pleasure to formally announce the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and its members voted during our midwinter membership meeting in Denver to endorse Wanda Kay Brown for ALA President, 2019-2020.
The vote was supported by the Executive Board and in compliance with the BCALA Bylaws. A petition was signed by 34 current members (verified by Membership Committee), a motion made, seconded and approved by members.
For your review, I have included Article XII: Endorsements of the BCALA Bylaws:
Article XII: Endorsements
Endorsement is defined as the Black Caucus, as a body, taking a position in support of or in opposition of a candidate for election to an American Library Association or Divisional office.
Section 1: The Black Caucus shall not engage in endorsement of any candidate for the American Library Association elected office, except as follows:
a) When petitioned by a member of the Black Caucus with 25 current members signatures.
b) When presented by a member in a motion, and seconded and approved at a membership
Section 2: A vote of the membership shall be necessary to endorse any candidate meeting the conditions on Article XII, Section 1.
Section 3: Past practices shall not be precedence. Such occasions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Wanda has previously contributed to BCALA in many ways, as past president, treasurer, and conference co-chair of a previous BCALA National Conference. The endorsement was recommended by members of our organization after reviewing her responses to our questions, her record of service and her position on issues of importance to librarians. As such, we believe her election will be of benefit to BCALA members. I ask that you encourage your colleagues and friends to support Wanda. I also ask that you reproduce this notice and distribute as best you can.
If you would like to find out more about Wanda Kay Brown, please visit her website at www.wandaforala2019.com
Denyvetta Davis, President