Howard Dodson

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Howard Dodson

2015 King Week Celebration Keynote

For its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Week of festivities from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15 the DC Public Library proudly celebrates "A Century of Black Life, Culture and History."

It is fitting that Howard Dodson Jr., Director of Howard University Libraries and Director of Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, will deliver the keynote address on Jan. 14 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall.

Mr. Dodson is a specialist in African American and African Diaspora History, as well as an author, curator, cultural activist and innovative administrator. From 1984 through 2011, he served as Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City.

Mr. Dodson understands the importance of preserving African and African American history and culture and why it is essential to establish institutions that are built on a firm foundation. Under his leadership, the Schomburg Center developed into one of the world’s most comprehensive public research libraries devoted exclusively to documenting and interpreting African Diaspora and African histories and cultures.

Mr. Dodson has authored more than 10 books, including The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology (2000), Jubilee: The Emergence of African American Culture (2002) and Becoming American: The African American Journey (2009). Two online products are especially noteworthy. The Schomburg Studies on the African Experience (with Colin Palmer) is a survey of the state of scholarship on 30 themes in the field of Black Studies. In Motion: The African American Migration Experience (with Sylvainae Diouf, 2004) is a 25,000 page website that offers a wealth of primary and secondary sources, essays and lesson plans that document central themes in African-American history.

Mr. Dodson has also curated more than 25 exhibitions, including "Lest We Forget: The Triumph Over Slavery," which has been translated into four languages and exhibited throughout the Atlantic world.

Come out and join us on Jan. 14 to celebrate " A Century of Black Life, Culture and History" and meet Howard Dodson.

    Dr. Howard Dodson