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Jackson/Hinds Library System accused of "Jim Crow" hiring tactics

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A handful of protestors went in front of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors Monday on behalf of Charlotte Moman, a Director of Public Service at the Jackson Hinds Library System. 

"I feel her right to apply for this job was denied to her... therefore I level the charge of Jim Crow practices by Harriet Kuykendall against Charlotte Moman," said Celeste Ramirez, a 20-year veteran librarian with JHLS.

Protestors say Harriet Kuykendall was Chairman of the JHLS Board of Trustees last summer when Moman was overlooked for the position of Executive Director of the system. They say Kuykendall purposely told Moman, who is African American, the wrong deadline for applying for the job, so she never applied. A white woman was hired from Hancock County.

"Ms. Moman has the qualifications, she's been to school, she's been doing work all along, but they will not treat her fairly," says Paul Luckett, a patron of the library. "Y'all are fixing to get sued. I'm telling you right now. Write it down."

The protestors want the Board of Supervisors to take some action. But Kuykendall denies their claims. She says Patty Furr, the woman they hired, already had experience as an Executive Director of a library system, and Moman did not.

"Whether one is white or black has nothing to do with the library when we're looking for people to hire. The library looks at qualifications, purely and simply," said Kuykendall. "(Moman) really did not have the qualifications, and I'm very sorry if she's unhappy."

Kuykendall says Furr is getting paid $75,000/year.

Moman has filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

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