Jackson is the executive director of the Queens Library Langston Hughes branch in Corona and has been there for 30 years.
His journey to the top started as he looked for a job in Business Administration. But as he started to work with the library, familiarizing himself with its Black Heritage Collection, the largest in the state, he felt a tug to look toward a part of him rooted in his culture. He soon went on to obtain his Master’s in library science from Queens College.
“I never thought I’d be a librarian,” he said. “This career chose me and I’ve been here ever since.”
Jackson now travels around the state and the country doing outreach on black studies, teaching at York College and promoting his branch, which is not just a library but also a cultural institution that served as a model for many other libraries around the nation.
Jackson published a book last August, “Queens Notes: Facts About the Forgotten
Borough of Queens New York.”
Born out of a research project at Queens College, it showcases many notable facts about Queens like the borough’s jazz history and famous names that call the borough their home, like Madonna, John Coltrane and John Leguizamo.
Jackson is also working on other writing projects in addition to fulfilling his librarian duties.
“I’m having way too much fun to leave. Maybe one day, when I find out its work, I’ll probably leave.”