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Makiba Foster

Makiba Foster is the Assistant Chief Librarian for the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Prior to her role at the Schomburg, she served as Curator of Oral History and Subject Librarian for American History and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. While at Washington University, she lead collaborations, which included faculty, students, and community members/organizations, focusing on the role of libraries and archives in advancing social justice with specific projects like Documenting Ferguson, a community sourced digital archive created after the killing of Michael Brown Jr. in Ferguson, MO and Mapping LGBTQ St. Louis  a Mellon Funded GIS mapping project that works to understand historically the built environment through the lens of sexuality and how those spaces further divided along the lines of race, class, and gender. 


Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture