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We are... 

“Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things!”

The Friends of the Broward County African America Research Library & Cultural Center (AARLCC; formerly Friends of the Von D. Mizell Library) is an organization whose membership is the lifeblood of library support. Within the scope of its mission, the Friends of the Broward County AARLCC advocates for library services, and provides resources to support library programs.


The members of the Friends are people of all ages from all walks of life who represent all of the communities of Broward County and beyond. These “ordinary “ people work with the library administration in “building bridges” to develop and maintain youth and adult services for the community. They give of their time and special skills in support of library projects and activities that support the mission of the library. They also raise funds to support library programs, staff development and appreciation.


Each Friend serves as a public relations instrument for the library by increasing the public’s awareness of the library and its services. As we move forward to strengthen our advocacy efforts, increase contributions, face challenges, and utilize opportunities to meet the needs of the library, you are invited to become a Friend. Join us today.

Virtual AARLCC  BCL Events   AARLCC Self-Guided Tour   Classes   

 Cultural Conversations     South Florida Book Festival  National Guests    Youth Events  Creative LABB

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Why we need you to become a member today

Together, we engage with community organizations to build support for new programs and increase attendance to existing programs.  We provide resources to acquire additions, special collections, solicit research materials, and historically significant artifacts for the special collections.

Each Friend serves as an Ambassador for AARLCC’s public awareness of the library and its services.  Join us as we move forward to strengthen our advocacy efforts, increase contributions, and embrace opportunities to meet the needs of AARLCC.  Learn how you can become a Friend.


We encourage you to come and visit AARLCC.  If you are a frequent visitor/patron, continue to support the programming and services that make AARLCC a “gem” in Broward County.


Visit this website frequently for updates about special events and exhibits at AARLCC.

Pamela Adams, Friends of AARLCC President

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A Message from our President


Pamela A. Adams



Kelly Houston

First Vice-President


Edith Gooden-Thompson

Second Vice-President


Allison Horton

Third Vice-President and 

Corresponding Secretary

maxine dalen

Recording Secretary


Luwando Wright



Karen smith

Financial Secretary

Members at Large               

Marva Sheldon Jenkins

Lenora Smoot

pamela wells-johnson

anthony avery

evelyn grooms

Mary Lou Barner

Dorothy Rubin

Maude Storr

Honorary Members

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& Collaborators

Thank you to all our 2020 Sponsors.

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