Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture featuring Howard Dodson

Howard Dodson, author and library leader, will deliver the 2017 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture, titled “Becoming America: From Obama to Trump.”  The program will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm in Centennial Hall.  The program will also feature a performance by the The Solid Rock Singers, with Linell Andrews as accompanist.

Howard Dodson served as Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of the New York Public Library system, from 1984 to 2011.  He was also Director of the Moorland Spingarn Center and Howard University Libraries from 2011 to 2015.

Under his leadership, the Schomburg Center developed into the world’s most comprehensive public research library devoted exclusively to documenting and interpreting African Diasporan and African histories and cultures.

He has authored ten books, including Becoming American: The African American Journey in 2009, and curated more that 25 exhibitions.

Dodson played a leading role in transforming New York’s long-lost African Burial Ground into a National Monument.  He also served as a member of the President’s Commission on the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Dodson resides in Newark.

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