Michael Eric Dyson

Michael Eric Dyson: "Libraries are churches of literacy."

Libraries are churches of literacy.

The libraries that I frequented were not simply places where people read books, they were community centers, organizations, outlets. Meetings were had. Local community organizations met there, addressed the issues of the community, provided an outlet for young people until their parents got home, gave them a sense of parental guidance and authority.

So, libraries were really like literate churches, churches of literacy, occupying spaces in communities that gave us a sense of who we were, not only in terms of its intellectual authority that was wielded by all of those books, but also because of the care and the concern of the librarians and the community for the young people, especially, and for the community at large.

Book Title: 

"Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster"