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Sprague Library Exhibits

Affirmative Action, Origins (1964-1972) - Spring 2017

In an effort to bring awareness to the history and development of Affirmative Action in the U.S., a sub-committee of the President’s Commission on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, and Diversity was formed to compile materials and books to display in the library in February 2015.  The display continues to be exhibited annually during African American History Month.  Mary Ann Re, Director of the Coccia Institute, chairs the sub-committee with Lori Petrozzello, Coordinator of Circulation and Reserves and Dorothy Rogers, Chair, Department of Religion, serving as sub-committee members.  In consultation with Professor Leslie Wilson and Librarian Paul Martinez, the sub-committee has created a display of photographs and relevant books that tell the story of the development of Affirmative Action and its subsequent influence on such leaders as Thurgood Marshall and Ruth Bader Ginsberg.  In addition, access to the library’s archives uncovered a photograph of Shirley Chisholm visiting Montclair State University which was included in the display.

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