In 1964, at the age of thirty-four, Jessie Carney Smith earned a PhD in Library Science from the University of Illinois, becoming the first African American to earn a doctorate in library science from that institution.
In honor of Black History Month in the United States, we’re recognizing African American librarians like Jessie Carney Smith. The Oxford African American Studies Center is free for Black History Month. Simple use Username: blackhistorymonth and Password: onlineaccess to login.
Image credit: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Photo by Robin Davis, 2010. CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
From Pavel Mikeš in Prague, Czech Republic
SENT Postcard: To Dasha Akulova in Moscow, Russia
Know your history. Tell your history. So your children will say: Never again.