Author Talk with Nancy Silcox at Beatley Central Library
Nancy Noyes Silcox was inspired to write “Samuel Wilbert Tucker: Story of the Civil Right Trailblazer and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In" to ensure that Samuel Tucker's heroic story and legacy would live on. As a young attorney, Tucker led a sit-in at the Barrett Library on Queen St., then Alexandria's only public library. Silcox will discuss her book on Sunday, February 9, at 2 p.m., at the Beatley Central Library, as part of Alexandria Library's 75th anniversary celebration of that historic act.
Designed for students in grades 4 through 8, the biography offers an account of the local legend, detailing Tucker's upbringing in a Jim Crow Alexandria, his interest in law that began at age 10, and his family's hard work ethic and passion for education. Silcox explores Tucker's life-long journey of fighting discrimination while practicing law, including the challenge of unconstitutional "separate but equal" laws as an NAACP lawyer. In honor of Black History Month, Alexandria Library welcomes Silcox, who took on the groundbreaking task of writing the first biography of Tucker. She dedicates the book to the students and teachers of Samuel W. Tucker Elementary School, where she formerly worked as a school librarian.