Lucille was named the 2007 recipient of the Roll of Honor Award.
Lucille is past president of the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Public Library’s Board of Trustees and former assistant director of the New York City Board of Education, Office of Library, Media & Telecommunications.
2012 marks Thomas’ 55th year of membership in the American Library Association (ALA); in 2003 she was awarded an honorary membership, ALA’s highest honor. A member of and former liaison to the FTRF Board, Thomas is a longtime advocate of the principles of intellectual freedom and equity of access to information in public and school libraries. Among her many other activities, she has been a member of the ALA Executive Board, president of the International Association of School Librarianship, chair of the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics, chair of the Intellectual Freedom Committee of the Association of Library Trustees and Advocates, and has served on the Board of the Black Caucus of ALA.
She also served as a trustee of the LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund, which provides financial assistance to librarians facing job loss or retaliation due to their defense of intellectual freedom or because of discrimination.
THANK YOU, Lucille Thomas, for your longtime support of the Freedom to Read Foundation. It has been an honor to have you as a member, liaison to the board, donor, and advocate for the organization.
Thank you, Lucille, for the many gifts you have given to libraries. From your work with the New York City Public Schools to your leadership with the Brooklyn Public Library, and your fifty years of exemplary service to the American Library Association, you are a shining light of this profession. Your many awards and honors, including your ALA Honorary Membership, are a testament to what you mean to us all.
Thank you, Lucille, for your leadership in the struggle for the core values of librarianship—literacy, equity of access to information, diversity, and intellectual freedom. You understand the crucial role of libraries in the education of young people and of all people around the world. You know that libraries are places of inclusion, not exclusion, and have stood fast behind the idea that libraries should be proactive in reaching out to underserved populations. You are committed to the principle that, when a person uses a library, his or her ability to learn should not be restricted by censorship.
Thank you, Lucille, for sharing your compassion, your commitment, your strength, your wisdom, and your vitality with us. It is our privilege to add you to the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor.
John W. Berry, President Judith F. Krug, Executive Director