HISTORIC LIBRARY MEMORIES HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021

(3rd of 4 parts)
We share memories of two special people and special moments relating to Black History and Culture at the former Clarence Darrow Branch Library in the Cook County Department of Corrections (CCDOC, i.,e., Cook County Jail).

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.”

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Mother Consuella York (left) and Queen Mother Reverend Helen Sinclair (right) promoted THE BOOK as well as other inspirational and educational books, including books on Black History and Culture provided by the former Clarence Darrow Branch Library, a forerunner of The Freadom®️Road Foundation.