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Ruth Brown, Library Saint

Date: April 4, 2013
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Sponsors: Social Responsibilities Roundtable,  Ethics Committee

The Dismissal of Ruth Brown tells the story of an Oklahoma town's librarian who strove to provide materials to all customers regardless of their race.  During the conservative 1950s, Miss Brown and a couple of African-American friends went to dine at a local establishment that barred African-Americans.  In doing this, they sparked a row that forced Ms. Brown from her job.   Learn about the librarian for whom Oklahoma Library Association’s Ruth Brown Award is named.

Louise S. Robbins, Associate Professor and Director, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, is also the author of Censorship and the American Library: The American Library Association's Response to Threats to Intellectual Freedom, 1939-1969.

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