Wayne Wiegand (Florida State University) will speak about his newest book (co-authored with Shirley Wiegand): The Desegregation of Public Libraries in the Jim Crow South (LSU Press). The talk will take place in Bracken Library Room 104. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Bracken Library and Ball State’s African-American Studies Program (along with the Center for Middletown Studies). This talk recounts a major turning point in US library history: the mid-twentieth-century integration of southern public libraries, including that of Dallas. Leading library historian Wayne Wiegand will discuss not just this historic development but also the essential role played by an array of very young community activists, until now largely 'hidden figures' in the national narrative of the civil rights movement.