Effie Lee Morris Jones, Memorial WNBAEFFIE LEE MORRIS JONES
April 20, 1921--November 10, 2009

Members of Women's National Book Association are in mourning.  Beloved Effie Lee Morris, founding president of the San Francisco Chapter, died on November 10, 2009, two months after her doctor told her she had metastasized colon cancer.

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Effie Lee had attended the June 18, 2009 planning meeting and installation
of elected officers where she was honored by SF chapter members.  Earlier
in June, Effie Lee had addressed the audience at the 13th annual Effie Lee
Morris Lecture featuring author Pat Mora.

According to Effie Lee's cousin, the Honorable Teresa Cox, it was Effie
Lee's wish that in lieu of sending flowers we make donations to further
support the WNBA-SF Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series to honor children's
book authors.

Checks can be made payable:
"WNBA-SF Chapter" designated for Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series

and sent to:
WNBA SF Chapter - Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series
4061 E. Castro Valley Blvd.
Castro Valley, CA 94552

All donations will be used toward funding future Effie Lee Morris
lectures.  The 2010 lecture has been slated for May 13.

As soon as Ms. Cox announces the 2010 date of the "Celebration of the Life
of Effie Lee Morris" WNBA will inform SF Chapter members as well as the
WNBA national board.

Beloved Effie Lee, we are so sad. We have lost our greatest supporter,
great lady and a wonderful friend.

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 Effie Lee Morris at Wnba-sf planning meeting

Effie Lee at the 2009 WNBA-SF chapter planning meeting.


 Effie Lee founder Wnba-sf  

Some Past Presidents of the WNBA-SF Chapter

Effie Lee Morris always had great ideas and input!


                 Effie Lee Morris Memorial Service

The San Francisco Chapter of WNBA was founded in 1968 by EFFIE LEE MORRIS,
then coordinator of Children's Services for the San Francisco Main Public
Library. The annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture Series lecture was created to
salute Ms. Morris for her outstanding contributions to the San Francisco
Public Library and the children of San Francisco by the WNBA-SF in 1996.
The Children's Historical and Research Collection was established in 1964
by Morris and officially renamed the Effie Lee Morris Historical and
Research Collection of Children's Literature in 1981. The collection was
created as a research collection of out dated or out-of-print books deemed
important to children's literature and books containing ethnic

EFFIE LEE MORRIS, a visionary, advocate, author, San Francisco leader, and
the founding president of WNBA-SF, was honored as a Living Legend at the
California Library Association's annual conference in Sacramento. "I am
proudest to have been a librarian," she said, "a librarian who has made a
difference." Her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter,
launched not only her love of reading but also her career as a children's
librarian and children's advocate.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Ms. Morris moved with her family to Cleveland
when she was nine. A high school valedictorian, she planned to major in
American studies, but her work as a part-time library assistant in the
Cleveland Public Library changed those plans. She earned her first degree
from Mather College in 1945 and her masters in library science in 1956.
She was the first children's specialist at the Library for the Blind in
the New York Public Library. She was the first children's librarian and
first African American president of the Public Library Association, a
division of the American Library Association. She was the first
coordinator of children's services in the San Francisco Public Library

Her expertise in children's literature afforded her the opportunity to
serve on every major children's book award committee, among them the
Caldecott Medal, the Newbery Medal, Notable Books and the Coretta Scott
King Award. Ms. Morris wrote the criteria to establish the award to honor
Mrs. King's advocacy. Ms. Morris has taught children's literature courses
at Mills College, the University of San Francisco, Case Western Reserve,
and Clark-Atlanta University. She was one of the three founding members of
the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award committee. As a member of the 2006 WNBA
Anne Heidbreder Eastman Grant committee Ms. Morris continues to shape the
future of tomorrow's librarians. The purpose of the award is to help
provide funds for a librarian to take a course or to participate in an
intensive institute devoted to aspects of publishing as a profession, or
to provide reimbursement for such study completed within the past year.

Ms. Morris's awards are numerous, but two that she is particularly proud
of are the Silver Spur Award for Dedication to Enhancing the Quality of
Life and Economic Vitality of San Francisco, and the Women's National Book
Association's Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the World of Books.

Wnba-af at Effie Lee Morris Memorial Service

Here are links to some websites of other organizations whose members also
loved Effie Lee Morris.

The American Library Association

San Francisco Public Library

The History Makers

School Library Journal

Public Library Association Blog  

Cleveland Public Library 

BlackPast.org   An Online Reference Guide to African American History

The University of San Francisco

The University of Tennessee

If you Google "Effie Lee Morris" you will find hundreds of links to
organizations whose members loved this great lady.

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