Howard Dodson Jr., has been named director of the Moorland-Spingarn Research Center and director of the library system at Howard University in Washington, D.C. He retired in 2011 as director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem. He directed the work of the Schomburg Center for 27 years.
A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, Dodson is a graduate of West Chester University. He earned a master’s degree at Villanova University and then entered the Peace Corps. He later studied in the doctoral program in history at the University of California at Berkeley.
The Moorland-Spingarn Research Center is recognized as one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive repositories for the documentation of the history and culture of people of African descent in Africa, the Americas, and other parts of the world. Its collections include more than 175,000 bound volumes and tens of thousands of journals, periodicals, and newspapers; more than 17,000 feet of manuscript and archival collections; nearly 1,000 audio tapes; hundreds of artifacts; 100,000 prints, photographs, maps, and other graphic items.