Fairfax Library Foundation is privileged to be hosting a V.I.P. meet-and-greet with civil rights icon, Carlotta Walls LaNier, Sunday, February 25, at 12:15pm at Dolley Madison Library in McLean, Virginia. This intimate, ticket-only fundraiser, sponsored by Fairfax Library Foundation will precede Fairfax County Public Library’s free author talk and booksigning with LaNier from 2:00 to 3:00 pm.
LaNier was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, the group of African-American students whose successful 1957 effort to attend then-segregated Little Rock Central High School was a watershed event in the civil rights movement.
She received the NAACP’s Spingarn Medal in 1958, the Congressional Gold Medal in 1999, and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 2015. LaNier’s memoir, A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School, was published in 2009
Tickets for this V.I.P. fundraiser can be purchased online for $75 each. Ticketholders will enjoy light refreshments and face-to-face interaction with Ms. LaNier, along with special reserved seating at the main speaking event held afterward. Information about that separate author event, sponsored by Fairfax County Public Library, can be found here.
Since 1994, the Fairfax Library Foundation has existed solely with the mission to enhance the programs and services of the Fairfax County Public Library, the largest public library system in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Designated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable and educational organization, the Foundation provides supplementary support to the community by providing access to information, technology, innovations, civic engagement and entertainment, and by offering literacy and educational opportunities.