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librarian, advocate, administrator

Augusta Braxton Baker was the first African American librarian promoted to an administrative position at The New York Public Library, serving as the Coordinator for Children’s Services. In her role as a children’s librarian, Baker developed a diverse collection by advocating for positive portrayals of people of color in children’s literature and encouraging authors, illustrators, and publishers to create such books.

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