President's Letter

The Friends of AARLCC are ambassadors for AARLCC. We volunteer our time, resources, and fundraising efforts to support programming that informs our community about the history, culture and arts of African Americans and others of the African diaspora. We also advocate governmental officials to legislate more funding to support library services, the arts and culture.

Our work is done in collaboration with the staff at AARLCC to extend their capacity. We co- sponsor several programs including our signature events, the South Florida Book Festival and the Ashley Bryan Children’s Art series that brings over 300 children to AARLCC annually to experience black authors and artist of children’s books. Some of our other events include summer youth programs and Cultural Conversations, which is a program that features intellectual conversations with the nation’s leading thinkers and industry leaders, scholars, artists and others whose work celebrates and illuminates Black history and culture.

Without you and your membership the Friends of AARLCC cannot continue its work at AARLCC.  In these challenging times, our communities must be informed about our history and prepared for our future. The programs provided locally or in a virtual space provide a venue for information and civil discourse. I invite you to learn more about the Friends of AARLCC and how your talents can assist the promotion of AARLCC and its important archives.

Pamela A. Adams, President of the Friends of AARLCC

Featured Special Collection at AARLCC

Don't wait until February to celebrate the culture of the people of African, African-American and Caribbean descent.  You can have a daily diet of this information all year long by accessing the Special Collections at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC).

One of our featured  items is THE ALEX HALEY COLLECTION.  Alex Haley is well known for the filming of the movie ROOTS, but the collection includes some of his unpublished manuscripts and draft copies of articles for the Saturday Evening Post and other items.   

The culmination of years of research and the tale of his family are the basis for the book ROOTS, completed in 1976. It is the tale of Haley’s ancestors coming from Africa to North America as slaves and their descendants. ROOTS gained Haley international success, he won a Pulitzer Prize and the book was printed in countless languages and sold around the world. In 1977 ROOTS the mini-series was the third highest rated television program of all time; and generated an increasing interest in genealogy research and family reunions throughout the United States.

This represents only one of the collected information on the history of African-Americans and the African Diaspora.

2020 South Florida Book Festival

south florida book festival Go online for an amazing weekend of authors, workshops and more at South Florida Book Festival (SOFLOBOOKFEST), a signature annual program of the African American Research Library and Cultural Center. The two-day event includes “Eat, Drink, Read” and "Flip & Sip Virtual Lounge" on Friday, July 17 at 6:45PM and “Book Life,” the weekend’s main event, beginning July 18 at noon, which features a day of author presentations, book talks and workshops. Stay connected with #SOFLOBOOKFEST.

Registration and event details at
Friends of AARLCC Annual Luncheon
“Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things”

Due to COVID-19 and in consideration for the health of our community, the Friends of AARLCC have rescheduled the 2020 Annual Luncheon until October 23, 2021 at the Jacaranda County Club in Plantation, FL. 

In 2020, the Friends will move to virtual fundraising programs, please visit our Facebook page for updates..
Thanking Our Members
Thanks to the continued generosity of Members like you, the AARLCC has been able to share the African-American experience with thousands of people since our grand opening in 2002.  Your support through annual memberships has made it possible share our mission through thoughtful programming for children and adults.   During these trying times, we have not abandoned our programs, but moved them ONLINE! 
Moving forward with the AARLCC’s mission during these uncertain times wouldn’t be possible without the vision, leadership and generosity of members line you.  Until we are open again, we are so grateful to have you as part of our community.  We currently have 12 Life Members, 20 Centennial Members and 62 Regular Members !  Thank You for your ongoing support!
New Memberships January-June 2020
Regular Memberships                                Centennial Memberships
Jeanette Thomas                                          Janice Henry
Phyllis E. Berry                                              Kathleen Turner Stephenson
A.L. Hughes                                                   Eloise McCoy-Cain
Juanita Pringle Vaughns                                Jennings Coleman
Sherrel Simmons Fields
Marcia Cheryl Phillips                                    Life Memberships
Jessie M Adderley                                         Pamela Adams
Angelique V. Brown                                       Gwen Baker
Kelly Houston                                                 Mary Lou Barner
Lillie B. Drake                                                 Julie Hunter
Delores Y. McKinley                                       Barbara Jones
Hattie D. Harden                                            Milton Jones
LaShawn Lawrence                                       Lorraine Mizell
Dorothy B. Howard                                        Sam Morrison
Marvia Simmons
Dr. Benjamin Stephenson
Joyce Stokes
Maude Storr
Our Membership outreach is usually held in October annually, but you may join or renew at any time.  Click on any or all buttons at the bottom of this page to make your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation today!
Why Join the Friends of AARLCC? 
  • Preserve  the history, culture and art of African American and others of the African diaspora at AARLCC
  • Provide programming for youth and adults at AAARLCC
  • Build Bridges
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