The Schomburg Center: Past, Present, and Future
Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the newly appointed director of The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture discusses his vision for the future of this storied and vital center with the Ford Foundation's Darren Walker.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Reception 6:30 p.m.
Program 7:00 p.m.
The Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Trustees Room
The New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street
Khalil Gibran Muhammad serves as the Director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of The New York Public Library's four research centers. Previously, he was an associate professor of history at Indiana University, Bloomington. Muhammad graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in economics and received his doctorate in American history from Rutgers University. He is the award-winning author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, recently published by Harvard University Press. He is a great-grandson of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam, and the son of Ozier Muhammad, a photographer for the New York Times.
Darren Walker is Vice President of the Ford Foundation and leads its Education, Creativity and Free Expression program. Previously, he was vice president for foundation initiatives at the Rockefeller Foundation and served as chief operating officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation. Walker is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he also graduated from the School of Law. He has taught housing, law, and urban development at the NYU School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and is a Fellow of the Institute for Urban Design. He is a member of the boards of the Arcus Foundation, Friends of the High Line, the New York City Ballet, and the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. He is co-chairman of The New York Public Library Visiting Committee.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent.