Malaika Adero began as a volunteer at IBW while a student at Clark College. She stayed on and became a part of the paid support staff. She assisted in production of printed material, and eventually helped run the press, manage the direct mail campaigns, sell books on and off-site, assist in research, and whatever else the organization did between 1975 and its closing in the 1980s. Adero is an author of books, including Up South: Stories, Studies, and Letters of This Century’s African American Migrations (The New Press 1992) and A Black Woman Did That (Downtown Bookworks 2020), and is founder of book development and literary agency, Adero’s Literary Tribe, LLC. She’s lived in Harlem since 1985, spending parts of the year in Atlanta and parts in Knoxville, Tennessee, her birthplace.