Bertha Pleasant Williams Library
African American libraries provided vital reading content to their patrons and helped formed important community spaces for discussion and education. Bertha Pleasant Williams Library is the second public library for African Americans in Montgomery, Alabama. Long overdue library service for people of color began on December 17, 1949. African Americans had to fight for their rights to have their own library. The library board conceded that African Americans could have their own library under one condition, hire a certified librarian.
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