WNBA Names Literary Award Winners

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The Women’s National Book Association San Francisco Chapter is pleased and proud to debut the first-ever Effie Lee Morris WNBA Literary Award. Ms. Morris was a pioneering Black librarian and the founder of this chapter of the Women’s National Book Association in 1968. The Virtual Awards Ceremony will take place on July 24th, 5pm PST (see link below).

Effie Morris first started her library career in Cleveland, Ohio. She became the first female chairperson of the Library of Congress and was the president of the National Braille Association for two terms. She was dedicated to literacy in children as well as underserved children and those who learn differentlyShe moved to San Francisco where she was the first Coordinator of Children’s Services at the San Francisco Public Library. She established the Children’s Historical and Research Collection at the Children’s Center of the San Francisco Library and became the first African American president of the Public Library Association. The WNBA SF Chapter is continuing our advocacy for the voices of women and diverse authors. In honor of Ms. Morris’s important work and legacy, we are announcing the first winners of the Effie Lee Morris WNBA Literary award.

The WNBA SF chapter received many wonderful entries in the genres of fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. With the help of judges specializing in each genre, we found first, second, and third place winners for each genre. 


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