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Montgomery Officials Vote To Rename local Rosa Parks Library

Wikipedia, Soror Parks in 1965

Should the Montgomery City Council remove Civil Rights Icon and Soror Rosa Parks’ name from a local library? This is the question the City Council will decide soon.

Library officials want to rename the library the Bertha Pleasant Williams Branch Library after the city’s first black librarian.

In May, the library’s board of directors unanimously voted to change the name, and on Monday, the Montgomery County Commission approved the change. The decision now moved to City Council.

Thomas McPherson, chairman of the library’s board of directors, said the library is currently named after the street it’s on. Its previous name was the Cleveland Avenue Branch Library, but was changed when the street was changed to Rosa Parks Avenue.

McPherson also said the discussion about changing the name started when a local chapter of the sorority Delta Sigma Theta wanted to put a plaque in front of the Rosa L. Parks Branch Library to recognize Williams’ service to the community.

Local officials don’t see the name change as disrespectful.

What do you think?

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