New board chair Folasade A. Olanipekun-Lewis was elected less than a year after the resignation of former library president Siobhan Reardon.
Dr. Guy A. Sims is a Philly native and Germantown High grad. His appointment follows staff organizing to fight discrimination at the institution.
Interested Philadelphians can now access "a more complete story of American history."
In a meeting Tuesday, only one board member committed to anti-racism efforts. Others have resigned in solidarity with their former director.
The leadership change comes after intense pressure from Black workers to end a culture of discrimination.
Many board members “were unaware of the true climate" at the library, a diversity consultancy found.
Allegations of discrimination have been piling up for years.