Bertha Pleasant Williams was the first African American professional librarian to work in a Montgomery, Alabama public library. Williams was one of the first recipients of a library science degree from Atlanta University. In 1960 she became manager of the segregated Union Street Branch (Bertha Pleasant Williams Library). Williams was more than a librarian, she also participated in the Civil Rights Movement. Williams was honored in 2005 as “an unsung hero” for being a founding member of the Women’s Political Council.
In retrospect, much has been accomplished and changed since the African American library opening. The library has grown to a collection of over 600,00 volumes. The present library system has ten branches. The modern building was built for the west side of Montgomery, on the renamed Rosa Parks Ave. Bertha Pleasant Williams Library now serves to all but will forever be historic for being the second public library for African Americans.