Remembering our Local History: Sue Cowan Williams

Sue Cowan Williams, formerly known as Susie Morris, was a teacher at Dunbar High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, who represented African-American teachers as the plaintiff in the case challenging the rate of salaries allotted to teachers in the Little Rock School District based solely on skin color. She eventually won her suit in 1943 but lost her job as a result. Morris contracted work with Arkansas AM&N College (now the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff) and Arkansas Baptist College before regaining a position with the Little Rock School District.  In 1952, her job was reinstated. Morris taught at Dunbar until 1974, when she retired.  Sue Cowan Williams died on May 31, 1994, in Little Rock. The tenth library in the Central Arkansas Library System is named in her honor.