The Social Responsibilities Round Table (SRRT) acknowledges and mourns the passing of our beloved Virginia (Ginny) Bradley Moore. Ginny's involvement in ALA began in 1972. Her forever legacy includes the establishment and institutionalization of both the SRRT Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Task Force and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunrise Celebration, the annual celebration that honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Through her efforts as longtime chair of the King Jr. Holiday Task Force, Ginny's work with SRRT promoted the ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion long before they became buzzwords. This work included incorporating the work of the National Library Involvement Committee of the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission, which she chaired from 1992 to 1996, to form the King Jr. Holiday Task Force. She worked with ALA's Office of Literacy and Outreach Services to create the Martin Luther King Jr. Sunrise Celebration, a celebration held in partnership with her beloved Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA). The event became a staple of the ALA Midwinter Meetings and continues to this day as part of ALA LibLearnX.
Ginny served as a colleague, mentor, and friend to many of us. But what stands out as we remember Ginny is the genuine affection (and hugs) she gave us all. If you ever spent any time with or around Ginny, you felt her love and adoration. As someone shared: "…she made me feel immensely loved." This is all of us. Everyone felt loved by Ginny.
SRRT has always promoted the ideal of social responsibility as a core value of ALA. Virginia "Ginny" Bradley Moore lived and breathed social responsibility as her own core value. We celebrate and remember a career and life well-lived. We love you Ginny and will miss you.
To learn more about Ginny, visit her Marquis Who's Who Bio.