In 1968, pioneering black library Effie Lee Morris founded the San Francisco chapter of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) in 1968. Her milestones include being the first female chairperson of the Library of Congress, two-term National Braille Association president, first Coordinator of Children’s Services at the San Francisco Public Library, and the first African American president of the Public Library Association.
Fifty-two years later, WNBA debuted the first-ever Effie Lee Morris WNBA Literary Awards with categories in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Vera Chan’s unpublished manuscript, THE MOUNTED POSITION, came in second place. It is currently out on submission.