In Memory Of Linda Brooks-Burton

I’ve Known Rivers Volume 5 is dedicated to the life of Linda Brooks-Burton, who tragically passed on September 19, 2013.

Born and raised in Bayview, Linda Brooks-Burton served as a managing librarian in the Bayview branch for nearly 15 years, and in the San Francisco Public Library for over 30 years. This volume of stories could not have been completed without Linda’s genius. To learn more about her life and contributions, click here.

In 1995, Linda accepted the role of Managing Librarian at the Anna E. Waden Branch Library in the Bayview Hunters Point district of San Francisco. This library and neighborhood would prove to capture the greatest piece of her heart as she poured her love, care, and support into every program the library and community needed.

Even after her promotion in 2010 as the Southeast District Manager in the San Francisco Library system, her devotion to the Bayview community never faltered. Her connection to the community was manifested in her involvement with rebuilding the Bayview branch. Linda viewed the library as her second home, and the community as her extended family.

Johnetta Richards

Johnetta Richards is a Professor of Africana Studies at the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. A historian of African American History and Social Movements, she is currently on the All University Committee on International Programs. She was in the research committee for the Preservation of Historical Black Owned Buildings in San Francisco, 1849-Present.

Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He currently works as a marketing and media consultant.

A thank you to our partner

This project was made possible with support from Cal Humanities, an independent non-profit state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit