Black History Month – Literary Week – Vivian Harsh

I won’t even go into how much I love our public library system. I’m sure you all are a bit weary of reading about the current state of it anyway. So, I’m going to transport you back in time a bit, to the hiring of the first female black librarian to grace our cities public library system.

Miss Vivian Gordon Harsh

*photo courtesy of Chicago Tribute

Miss Harsh was the first black librarian in the Chicago Public Library system, and the head librarian at the George Cleveland Hall Branch, which was the first library built for the black community.

She created a valuable resource of African-American literature and history that can now be found at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library on the south side of Chicago.

It is because of people like her, that I continue my fight for the library. Something that was taken as seriously as a black librarian has grown into this black mom fighting for libraries to stay open. She fought to create a collection so that our memory would last through the years. Because of her stance in the public library system, I can now FREELY go in and borrow whatever I would like to.

Thank you, Ms. Harsh, for setting such a great example for a love of reading, literacy, and knowing our heritage.

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