Librarianship: Through the Eyes of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In African American History, African American Librarians, Education on January 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Effie Lee Morris, The first African American President of the Public Library Association


I wanted to share a little history regrading African American librarianship in observance of Dr. King’s birthday. He believed that every man had the right to learn how to read, obtain an education, and possess civil liberties…

Meet: Effie Lee Morris, she was the first African American President of the Public Library Association and a leader in services for blind and minority children.

According to, Ms. Morris was the chair of the Coretta Scott King Task Force and the Children’s Services Coordinator at the San Francisco Public Library where she worked from 1963 until 1977.

In addition, Ms. Morris was a librarian at the Cleveland Public Library (1946-1955) and the New York Public Library (1955-1963). She passed away at the age of 88 on November 10, 2009.


Learn more about the Effie Lee Morris Collection through the San Francisco Public Library–Online.

Collection Emphasis


“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Read more about Effie Lee Morris

Research provided by: Little Known Librarian Facts & The San Francisco Public Library

  1. That’s really interesting. Thanks for posting all the great information! Had never thought of it all that way before.

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