|Olivia Raney Local History Library, Raleigh, NC|
Pearl Thompson is now 93-years-old, but in 1942 she was a 21-year-old college student who needed to borrow a book she needed for her studies. Thompson, an African-American, was told that she could not leave the library with the book. Rather, she was directed to take it into the basement of the library where she could prepare notes from the text.
CNN.com tells the rest of the story:
For a bit more on what Mrs. Thompson did with the rest of her life, click on The News & Observer link, just above.