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Vandella Brown

Vandella Brown, American librarian. Named Outstanding Supporter, Memphis State Black Student Association, 1983; recipient letter of Recognition, City of Memphis Mayor, 1993.


  • Brown, Vandella was born on April 23, 1952 in Senatobia, Mississippi, United States. Daughter of Whitfield Senior and Lue Walter (Heffner) Brown.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Memphis State University, 1977. Master of Library Science, University Iowa, 1983.


    • Library. assistant Main Library. Memphis/Shelby County, 1977-1982. Researcher University Iowa, Iowa City, 1982-1983.

      Library manager Memphis/Shelby County Public Library., 1983-1993, Columbus Metropolitan Public Library., Ohio, 1993-1998. Library director E. St. Louis Public Library., 1998-2000. Network director Illinois State Library., since 2000.

      Member advisory council Illinois State Library., 1999.


    • What is a ZaWadi to We?
    • While walking in a park, an African-American family, who celebrates Kwanzaa, meets and old storyteller, who tells them the meaning of Kwanzaa gifts called Zawadi.
    • Author: (books) Celebrating the Family: Steps to Planning a Family Reunion, 1991, African-American Fiction: A Slamming Genre, 1997, What Is a Zawadi to We, 2007.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Church of Christ


    Founding sponsor Martin Luther King, Junior National Memorial, 2006. President Reunion House Family Reunion, Memphis, since 1989. Regional Online Computer Library Center network director advisory executive committee, 2001—2003.

    Ex-official member users executive board Illinois Online Computer Library Center, 2000—2003. Director Library. Diversity Program, since 2003. Member of American Library Association (member Black Caucus 1987, Spectrum committee since 2003, public and cultural programs committee), Illinois Reading First, Illinois Library.

    Association (chair diversity and racial committee, board directors), Sangamon County History Society.



    Miniature book collecting, reading, gardening.

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    Born April 23, 1952
    (age 65)
    • 1977
      Memphis State University
    • 1983
      University Iowa
    • 1977 - 1982
      Library assistant, Main Library Memphis/Shelby County
    • 1982 - 1983
      researcher, University Iowa
      Iowa City, Iowa, United States
    • 1983 - 1993
      library manager, Memphis/Shelby County Public Library
    • 1993 - 1998
      library manager, Memphis/Shelby County Public Library
      Ohio, United States
    • 1998
      library director, E. St. Louis Public Library