The Struggle to Desegregate Columbus’ Public Libraries

The Struggle to Desegregate Columbus’ Public Libraries

February 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm
The Columbus Museum
1251 Wynnton Rd
Columbus, GA 31906


In the summer of 1963, nearly 40 African American teenagers protested the segregation of Columbus’ public libraries through organized “read-ins.” Though they faced scorn and arrest, the young people continued their silent protests for weeks, leading to the libraries’ desegregation. For the first time together, four of the activists – Christine Dawson, Gwendolyn Jackson, Ibrahim Mumin, and Cleophas Tyson – will share their stories. This roundtable discussion will be moderated by Dr. Wayne A. Wiegand, author of The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South. Learn more about this vital moment in local Civil Rights history with the people who lived it.

This event is FREE and open to the public but pre-registration is encouraged.


To RSVP, contact Liliana Harrell at 706.748.2562 ext. 2124 or by February 1.

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