Montgomery City Council Votes to Rename Rosa Parks Avenue Branch Library
City council members take a vote on whether to change the name of the Rosa Parks Avenue Branch Library. Controversy has been brewing over whether the library should be named for a different black historical figure.
While State Representative Alvin Holmes threatened to block all city and county legislation if it was changed, the city council says they were able to come to a decision they feel is fair for those on both sides of the issue.
The vote was unanimous and the crowd seemed to approve.
The name of the Rosa Parks Avenue Branch Library will be changed, but Rosa Parks' name will not be erased.
The new name "Bertha Pleasant Williams Library" will be placed above what is there now.
Williams was Montgomery's first black public librarian and the first librarian with a degree in the state of Alabama. It's an accomplishment her son had hoped would be recognized since her passing in 2008.
Representative Alvin Holmes responded to the decision saying "That was a compromise and I can live with that compromise."