At a Poor School, Time Stands Still on the Library Shelves
February was Black History Month and students at the Mount Vernon NY Edward Williams Elementary School, which is 97% black, were assigned to do reports on their own personal African-American heroes. They ran to the school library looking for biographies of Oprah Winfrey, Josephine Baker, Alex Haley, Ossie Davis, Rosa Parks even...none were available.
Apart from two books on Frederick Douglass and Duke Ellington, which were quickly grabbed up by students, the only book remaining was "Negro Pioneers" published in 1967. Story here from the New York Times.