The animation shows little Ron brazenly walking into the Lake City Public Library, which in those days was “not so public for black folks,” as Carl remembers. Ron picks out books and tries to check them out, only to be rebuffed by the librarian. When Ron refuses to leave without his books, local police are summoned.

Ron got his books and went on to make Lake City and South Carolina proud. Lake City has a new public library. Not far away, the old building where Ron initially was turned away is now the Dr. Ronald E. McNair Life History Center.”

One of my favorite stories from StoryCorps gets the animation treatment. Brings tears to my eyes every time.

Oh, the power of books and libraries (despite the librarian) + Star Trek and imagining the possibilities!

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