College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English

Kymberly Keeton

Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
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kYmberly Keeton is a native of Fort Worth, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a Master’s in Library Science. In her present role, she documents and archives African American narratives in Austin, Texas – The State Capitol. As the African American Community Archivist and Librarian at the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Keeton’s work is about forming collaborative partnerships, building relationships with the community, and collecting, archiving, and sharing experiences about Austin’s African American History in the state capitol. The art curator is also the founder of ART | library deco, an online African American digital art library. Keeton is the 2019 Honoree Recipient in of the Austin, Texas Civic Futures Award for Community Engagement and Inclusion. In addition, she is a 2019 Inductee into The Douglass Club of Austin, Texas – Mary Church Terrell District. Currently, kYmberly Keeton is writing a scholarly book about African American art & creative librarians as social advocates for change from the south. “I’m rebelling against being handed a career, like, “You’re the next this; you’re the next that.” I’m not the next anything, I’m the first me.” – kYmberly Keeton

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