Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs has been named the new Library Regional Manager for the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.
Dr. Hobbs’ first day at AARLCC was November 28. She has extensive expertise in African American history, public history and antiracism education. Her previous roles include serving as the Director of Projects and Programs for the John G. Riley Center and Museum in Tallahassee, Florida, and Program and Education Coordinator for the Library of Virginia in Richmond. Most recently, she served as Associate Provost for Academic Affairs at Florida Memorial University and the founding Director of the institution’s Social Justice Institute.
“Dr. Hobbs’ passion for social justice, education and civic engagement aligns with Broward County Library’s mission to meet the changing needs of our neighbors and communities,” said Allison Grubbs, Broward County Libraries Director. “We look forward to the great things she will accomplish here.”
Dr. Hobbs was founding president (2016-2018) of the South Florida Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). She is currently the chair of the board of directors for South Florida People of Color (SFPoC), a non-profit organization based in Miami Shores, Florida, which is dedicated to eradicating racism through education and advocacy. Dr. Hobbs serves as a member of the board of directors for the Florida Historical Society.
The author of Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home: Racial Violence in Florida (2015), Dr. Hobbs won the 2015 Florida Book Award for Florida Nonfiction and the 2016 Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Award from the Florida Historical Society.
AARLCC is the third public research library of its kind in the United States, with specialized archival collections dedicated to the study of the culture and history of African Americans and others of African descent. Since its opening in October 2002, AARLCC has become an integral part of the community, offering educational, recreational, and cultural programs for all ages.