Black Excellence in Librarianship

It’s Black History Month, so why not talk about five excellent black librarians who have left their mark on the profession — and for that matter, the world?

Resources to learn about racism and libraries

  • Thread of resources by twitter user @LibrarianAngie:
  • “At the Intersection” blog by April Hathcock:


  • Walker, B. (2005). Daniel Alexander Payne Murray (1852-1925), Forgotten Librarian, Bibliographer, and Historian. Libraries & Culture, 40(1), 25-37. Retrieved from
  • The Original Black Elite, but Elizabeth Dowling Taylor.
  • The Black Librarian in America, by Elonnie Junius Josey.


  • Carla Hayden: CC-BY –
  • Enoch Pratt: CC-BY-
  • Baltimore Protests: CC-BY-
  • Dorothy Porter: by Carl Van Vechten, C/O Yale University’s Beinecke RBML, used under Fair Use for Education Purposes
  • Moorland-Spingarn:
  • Audre Lorde: CC-BY-
  • Women’s March: Public Domain
  • Daniel Murray: Evants-Tibbs Collection, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution used under education provisions for Fair Use.
  • Murray Pamphlets: C/O Library of Congress, Public Domain
  • E.J. Josey: U.Pittsburgh, used under education provisions for Fair Use.