HISTORIC LIBRARY MEMORIES HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021(3rd of 4 parts)
Mother Consuella York and Queen Mother Reverend Helen Sinclair were a consistent and familiar presence throughout the entire CCDOC compound – including the Darrow Branch Library, the library’s main location in Division V, its outposts in other Divisions and at its facility-wide programs such as the annual literacy rallies attended by over 1,000 detainees.
Mother York and Queen Mother – grand promoters of THE BOOK – were also supporters of the Darrow Branch Library’s promotion of books, reading, education, and independent learning – including its books and programs relating to Black History and Culture. This motherly, faith-full, dynamic duo brought a joyful spirit, hope, and practical help – such as delicious holiday meals – to detainees. They recognized and lived the connection between the words on freedom in the Bible: “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free,” and the words on freedom immortalized by Frederick Douglass: “Once you learn to read you will be forever free.”