Dorothy Vickers-Shelley Appointed Librarian at Yankee Ridge Elementary School | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
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Dorothy Vickers-Shelley was the head librarian at Yankee Ridge Elementary School in Urbana for 33 years, retiring in 2003. In 1976, Ms. Vickers-Shelley wrote a short phrase to teach the students about discrimination, acceptance, and understanding: “Life if short; therefore I shall be a crusader in the fight against ignorance and fear, beginning with myself.” Every class of kindergarten through sixth grade learned and recited the quote at the beginning of each class in the library. Ms. Vickers-Shelley earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.S. in Library and Information Science, both from the University of Illinois. She was also a central figure in local social justice activism throughout her career, and influenced hundreds of students to ask questions about racism and inequality. The Dorothy Vickers-Shelley Memorial Library located at Booker T. Washington STEM Academy is named in her honor.
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Jan 02, 1970
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Dorothy Vickers-Shelley with a group of students at the Yankee Ridge Elementary school library.
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Dorothy Vickers-Shelley with a group of students at the Yankee Ridge Elementary school library.