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Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD, Director, Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad, PhD, Director, Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture. Photo courtesy of the New York Public Library.

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Anacostia Community Museum's Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program Features NY Schomberg Center Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad

The Anacostia Community Museum is featuring Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture at its Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program Friday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. The program, themed “Looking Back, Moving Forward,” is being held at the Baird Auditorium in the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History at 10th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. Admission is free, but seating is limited.

Muhammad will present the talk “The Creative Minority of the Concerned: Dr. King's Vision of a Racial Justice Movement, Then and Now.” Muhammad's remarks will be followed by a discussion with Richard Reyes-Galivan, executive director of the District of Columbia Public Library. The event includes performances by “Crazee Praize" a local Christian mime troupe.

“The Schomberg is world renowned as a key repository and research center on people of African descent and the African diaspora,” said Camille Giraud Akeju, director of the museum. “Dr. Muhammad is an exceptional scholar and his talk on racial justice is extremely relevant and timely given the flurry of incidents becoming commonplace in urban areas across America. This program is also reflective of themes in the museum's new exhibition “Twelves Years that Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963–1975”.”

A visiting professor of history at City University of New York Graduate Center and formerly associate professor of history at Indiana University, Muhammad was selected to take over the helm of the Schomberg in 2010. He is an award winning writer–his work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian (UK), MSNBC among national and international media–and as an academic, he is at the forefront of scholarship on racial criminalization. His book “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America,” published by Harvard University Press won a best book award from the America Studies Association. The book will be available for purchase after the program.

Muhamma received his doctoral degree from Rutgers University, was a fellow of the Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral program at Vera Institute of Justice in New York and holds an honorary doctorate from the New School. Muhammad is affiliated with various organizations concerned with researching and preventing gun violence and incarceration. A Chicago native, Muhammad is the great-grandson of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad and son of Pulitzer Prize–winning New York Times photographer Ozier Muhammad.

Reyes–Galivan has over twenty years professional library experience including serving as chief librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, the nation's fifth largest public library as measured by population served. Appointed head of the District of Columbia Public Library in 2014, Reyes–Galivan oversee 26 libraries, a 600 person staff and an annual budget of $57 million for a system, which in 2015, serviced over 4 million visitors. Reyes-Gavilan's ambitious $300 million modernization plan includes the landmarked Martin Luther King, Jr Library, the District's only library designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the city's first memorial to Dr. King. The son of a Cuban immigrant, Reyes–Galivan holds bachelors from State University of New York and masters from the University of Texas at Austin.

Founded by Landle Edward Jones, Crazee Praize Nation provides arts and dance instruction classes at churches and organizations throughout the metropolitan Washington area, in addition to performances by its Christian mime troupe. Jones is a native of Maryland who became interested in acting in elementary school. He has performed in choirs before President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell and as a background singer for artists including Ne-Yo, Katherine McPhee and Vanessa Hudgens.

About the Anacostia Community Museum

Established in 1967 as the nation's first federally funded neighborhood museum, the Anacostia Community Museum focuses on examining the impact of social issues on contemporary communities. For more information, the public may call (202) 633-4820, (202) 633-1000; for tours, call (202) 633-4844. Website:

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