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Miller, Barbara Simmons

(born: 1909  -  died: 2000) 

Barbara Simmons Miller, born in Louisville, KY, was the first African American to graduate with a library degree in Kentucky, from Nazareth College (now Spalding University); she specialized in children's librarianship. Miller was a librarian with the Louisville Free Public Library and served on the faculty of several Kentucky institutions. She was a delegate to the USSR and went abroad to study library services to children. She was known as the "Storytelling Lady" on the television show T-Bar V Ranch on Louisville television. Miller was the second African American president of the Kentucky Library Association. The Barbara S. Miller Multicultural Children's Literature Collection is in the University of Louisville Library. In 2015, Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky, awarded the first Patricia Lauderdale and Barbara Miller Endowed Scholarship. The two women were the first African American graduates from Nazareth College. For more see Who's Who Among American Women, 8th-10th ed.; and In Black and White. A guide to magazine articles, newspaper articles, and books concerning Black individuals and groups, 3rd ed., Supp., ed by M. M. Spradling. Additional information was provided by Fannie Cox. See also "Spalding University honors its first Black graduates," a webpage by The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

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