Retired ALA Finance Director continues to go the extra mile for Spectrum

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/29/2018


Gwendolyn Prellwitz

Assistant Director, Recruitment and Retention

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

Gregory Calloway, retired Associate Executive Director of Finance of the American Library Association (ALA) will once again be raising funds in support of the ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program by participating in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate in Evanston, Ill on June 17.

Calloway says, "Our society really needs to develop a better understanding of our individual differences and similarities. Understanding to me is a quest for accurate information and using information to gain knowledge. Supporting the Spectrum Library Scholarship enables a graduate student financial resources to pursue a career as an accredited information specialist thereby guiding knowledge seekers to reputable and factual data."

The Race Against Hate was founded in memory of Ricky Byrdsong, former Northwestern University Basketball Coach, Vice President of Community Affairs at Aon Corporation, and Skokie IL resident who was murdered by a white supremacist in 1999.  Because of Ricky's lifelong love of sports and his compelling work with young people in the community, the Race Against Hate was launched by his family and friends in 2000 (and entrusted to the YWCA Evanston/North Shore in 2007) to honor Ricky's legacy and bring attention to the need to combat hatred in all its forms.

The Spectrum Scholarship Program actively recruits and provides scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern and North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander students to assist them with obtaining a graduate degree and leadership positions within the profession and ALA. Through Spectrum, the American Library Association affirms its commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion by seeking the broadest participation of new generations of racially and ethnically diverse librarians to position ALA to provide leadership in the transformation of libraries and library services.

From 2001 to 2009, Gregory Calloway ran five marathons in support of Spectrum. Upon retiring from ALA in 2016, he has participated in the Race Against Hate as a vehicle to raised funds to for the Calloway Spectrum Scholarship Fund. The fund supports individuals who have a background or interest in combining their LIS career with the arts or African American studies. Spectrum Scholars are selected on the basis of demonstrating superior leadership skills and a passion for community involvement. Additionally, the Calloway Spectrum Scholar will convey the ability to achieve their business, school, family or career goals despite any setbacks. 

To learn more about the Spectrum Scholarship Program, please contact the Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5048 or visit

Donate at or mail checks (payable to ALA-Calloway Spectrum Fund) to the ALA Development Office, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.