Sunday, August 28, 2016

Khalil Gibran Muhammad on Our Crisis of Racial Justice

On Monday, June 27, I paid a visit to New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for
Research in Black Culture to help a large gathering of the Schomburg’s devoted friends and visitors say goodbye — very reluctantly — to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad. He’s been the beloved director of the Schomburg for the past five years and has done much to expand the reach and the influence of the Harlem institution that devotes itself to researching and disseminating the history of African-Americans.

But Muhammad is also a scholar and he is now eager to evaluate everything he has gleaned
about the contemporary concerns of black America from a new vantage point. He’s on his way
to join Harvard University’s faculty as a professor of history, race and public policy at
the Kennedy School of Government.

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