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Food: Tacos
Quote: Never give up
Season: Fall
Vacation Destination: I like to travel
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Flagstaff, Arizona United States
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Interview Date: 03/07/2017

Library director Samuel F. Morrison was born on December 19, 1936 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Morrison earned his A.A. degree in English from Compton Junior College in 1955. Morrison went on to earn his B.A. degree in English from California State University in 1971 and his M.S. degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1972. Morrison completed his studies at the Harvard University School of Government in 1989.

Following his graduation from Compton Junior College, Morrison served in the United States Air Force until 1959. In 1972, he was hired as director of the Frostproof Living Learning Library. Two years later, he joined the Broward County Library System as assistant to the director and was promoted to deputy director in 1976. In 1987, Morrison was hired as Chief Librarian, Deputy Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library. During his time working for the Chicago Public Library, Morrison was responsible for the planning, design, and initial construction phases of the Harold Washington Library Center. Following the completion of his studies at Harvard, Morrison became the director of the Broward County Library System. In 1995, Morrison announced his goal of building the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, which opened in 2002. He retired in 2003.

Morrison has served on a number of boards and is a member of several organizations. Morrison has been a chairman of the Greater Hollywood Arts Foundation, a trustee of NOVA Southeastern University, and served on the Broward County Children’s Service Council. He has been a member of Southeast Florida Library Information Network, Bonnet House, Boys and Girls of Broward County, Gold Coast Jazz Society, American Library Association, and the NAACP.

He has also been the recipient of numerous awards during his career. Morrison has received the Publisher’s Award from Sun Sentinel in 1997, the Diversity Champion Award from the Urban League in 1998, the NAACP’s President Award in 1998,, the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science in 1999, the Cato and Margaret Roach Award for Exemplary Human Relations in 2003, and the Citizen Recognition Award from the City of Fort Lauderdale in 2003.

Morrison lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Samuel F. Morrison was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 7, 2017.

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