"Everything in this world can be robbed and stolen, except one thing; this
one thing is the love that emanates from a human being towards a solid
commitment to a conviction or cause." - Ghassan Kanafani
The Sally Howland Memorial Library:
Sally was a tireless spokesperson for LGBTQ rights, visiting state
senators and representatives many times before marriage equality arrived
She formed the first PFLAG group in the Western Suburbs. Every year she
marched with PFLAG in Wheaton in the 4th of July parade, and every year
PFLAG got more cheers and fewer boos.
She worked diligently to make more religious institutions welcoming ones.
She was a leader in transgender issues long before it became a major
social justice issue, working with schools to address issues of bullying
and harassment that was being ignored by too many administrators.
She was a voice for the Palestinian people where they had no voice,
showing the suffering and indignity they faced daily.
She was a Green Party member just as it was being established.
She was active in NOW and the struggle to get the ERA passed, something
that still needs to be done. She marched on Washington for abortion
rights, had meetings of the NOW's Lesbian Task Force and Racial and Ethnic
Diversity Task Force at her house, escorted at local clinics, and received
the State Presidential Award twice for her work, but ever true to her
guiding principles she tore up her NOW membership card because as she
writes "Why do you defend someone like Bachmann, it was just an
unretouched picture of her in Newsweek. Worse has been done to men, look
what they have done to Obama, with devil horns, etc. This is why I have
dropped my membership after forty years, you are still stuck in the 'man
bad woman good' mode of the sixties. You make me ashamed. I have dropped
my 40 + year membership and have joined Code Pink, which deals with real
She led the way; we need to continue on the path she blazed.
See a list of our current library holdings, alphabetically by author, here as a .csv file
or a .pdf file.