From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Bingham, Rebecca T.

(born: 1928) 

Rebecca Taylor Bingham was born in Indianapolis, IN. She earned her bachelor's degree from Indiana University in 1950, her first master's degree from the University of Tulsa in 1961, and her second master's in 1969 from the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science.

During her library career, Bingham became the first African American president of the Kentucky Library Association in 1971. She is also a former president of the American Association of School Librarians.

Bingham served on the Kentucky Governor's State Advisory Council on Libraries and the advisory committee for the 1979 White House Conference on Library and Information Services. In 1998, Bingham was named to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science by President Clinton.

Rebecca Bingham was the wife of the late Walter D. Bingham.

For more see Who's Who Among African Americans; A Biographical Directory of Librarians in the United States and Canada, 5th ed., edited by L. Ash; Tiana Tews, "An advocate for equality," SLIS Alumni Magazine, Fall 2002, Indiana University; Rebecca Taylor Bingham: Honors and Awards" at the Indiana University website; and Melissa Gagliardi, "Neighborhood Newsmaker: Rebecca T. Bingham. Retiree honored for impact on nation's libraries," Courier-Journal, 7/27/2005, p. B3.

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