The Leontyne Price Library
"A million candles have burned themselves out. Still I read on." -Montresor
The collections mentioned below were all initiated in 1986 by Head Librarian Anita Walton Moore.
ROY WILKIN'S COLLECTIONS (1901-1981)
Roy Wilkins wrote in his autobiography STANDING FAST, " I was not born in Mississippi, but my story begins there all the same, deep in the rolling hill country of northern Mississippi."Roy Ottoway Wilkins was born in St. Louis, Missouri on August 30, 1901. After graduation from high school in 1919, Wilkins enrolled in the University of Minnesota where he majored in Sociology and took courses in Journalism. He supported himself by working as a Redcap (a dining car waiter on a train) and a clean-up man at the South St. Paul stockyards. At the same time, he was night editor of the university newspaper, editor of a Negro weekly (The St. Paul Appeal), and was secretary of the local NAACP chapter.
Wilkins received his A. B. degree in 1923 and immediately went to work for the Kansas City Call, a leading Negro weekly in Missouri. He soon became the managing editor. He soon left this paper to take a post with the NAACP as Assistant Executive Secretary, serving under Walter White.
As a staff member of the NAACP, Wilkins took part in many different phases of the organization. In 1934, he succeeded W.E.B. Dubois as editor of The Crises, the official magazine of the NAACP.
Known as "Mr Civil Rights", he led the NAACP to a strength of about 500,000 members and over 2,000 branches. Considered one of the most powerful and respected Civil Rights leaders in America, he served on the boards of many national organizations concerned with Labor, Civil Rights, and Education.
The International Collection is a museum of artifacts and printed materials on eleven (11) countries traveled by Rust College faculty and staff. The collection began with artifacts from West Africa donated by Dr. Josephine Njoku, Mrs. Mildred McMillan, and Dr. Sylvester Oliver. These three faculty members were recipients of a Phelps Stokes Foundation Grant to travel in West Africa. Other countries traveled are: Denmark, Norway, Pakistan, India, China, Mexico, Egypt, Israel and the United States. The artifact contributors from these countries include: Head Librarian Mrs. Anita W. Moore, Dr. Gemma Beckley, Dr. A. J. Stovall, Dr. Adebayo Moyo, and Dr. Paul Lampley.
This room contains locked show cases of classified artifacts arranged in a museum-type setting and visited by many local public schools and community patrons. The different countries predict a way-of-life culture. Many Rust College students come from these countries. Also housed in this room are flags representing the states and countries from which our students hail. These flags are displayed during commencement activity.
The United Methodist Collection is a collection of church histories, a variety of religions, poetry, and speech-writing books for ministers and ministerial students. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Howard Thurman tapes are housed here. This room is decorated with religious artifacts, flags and comfortable seating. It is a quiet place to study, prepare lessons, sermons, speeches and to do leisure reading. It is highly recommended to ministerial students as a place to meditate, practice sermons and pray. It is also available for small religious group meetings. This room houses the library of the late Bishop Edward J. Pendergrass and Bishop Marshall Meadows, both of the United Methodist Church.
PRESIDENT'S CONFERENCE ROOM
This conference room houses a collection of religious books donated by Dr. and Mrs. Earnest A. Smith. Dr. Smith was the ninth (9th) President of Rust College, and also provided funds to purchase seating for the room. This room also includes pictures of some past Presidents, pictures of the current President, a picture of the Smiths and pictures of old Rust College, game tables, a large screen television and a decorative chess set from Mexico.
The Rust College Archives is the youngest department in the library. The library was not built to house archives, therefore archival materials were not kept in the library until recent years. We are now in the process of securing all vital archival materials pertaining to Rust College and the Marshall County area. College records, pictures, programs, brochures, presidential papers, etc; are filed and stored in acid-free containers for future use. Lucrative gifts (prints, paintings, artifacts, etc.) are also part of the Archives Collection.