Montgomery City Council Votes to Rename Rosa Parks Avenue Branch Library

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By Tamika Bickham

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.

"It's a great day in history. It's a great day to be a citizen of Montgomery, to be a citizen of westside. My mother really loved people," said Richard Chinese Williams.

"There are more reflections of the memory and the legacy of Rosa Parks on buildings and streets in Montgomery than there are recognizing Martin Luther King, Junior. We believe the legacy that Ms. Pleasant Williams is as significant as that of anyone who has contributed to the history of our city," said City Councilman Tracy Larkin.

Representative Alvin Holmes responded to the decision saying "That was a compromise and I can live with that compromise."

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Mike said on Tuesday, Jul 17 at 10:02 PM

Rosa Parks left yall in Montgomery and went to Detroit....yall don't get it, you are looking for a martyr, but at least get one who stayed with ya.

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