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Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historian
Library Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/1/1939
Birth Location:
Chester, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
EducationMakers
Occupation(s):
Historian
Library Director

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Earth Tones
Favorite Food:
All Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/1/1939
Birth Location:
Chester
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Biography

Historian and lecturer Howard Dodson was born June 1, 1939, in Chester, Pennsylvania. After completing high school in 1957, he attended West Chester State College, where he studied social studies and English, with an emphasis on secondary education. Graduating in 1961, he went on to Villanova University where he earned an M.A. in U.S. history and political science in 1963. Currently, Dodson is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley.

Upon earning his master's degree, Dodson went to Ecuador in 1964 as part of a Peace Corps assignment where he was the director of credit union education programs for the National Credit Union Federation. In 1967, Dodson moved to Washington, D.C., and became the director of minority recruitment and deputy director of campus recruiting for the Peace Corps, where he remained for a year. Dodson became the executive director of the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta in 1974, remaining there until 1979. At the same time, he taught classes at Emory University. Dodson returned to Washington, D.C., in 1979 as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities. However, he remained active with the Institute of the Black World, working as a project director on a number of programs until 1984. After leaving the NEH, Dodson was hired as the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. Under his guidance and direction, the Schomburg Center sustained tremendous growth.

Dodson has been active throughout his life in a number of other projects. He was part of the Black Theology Project Conference held in Cuba, which brought Fidel Castro into the religious community for the first time in decades. He has produced a number of exhibitions and festivals celebrating black history and African American life. Dodson is also the author of several books and articles and the recipient of numerous awards, including being named to the President's Commission on the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Malcolm X Museum Award. He serves on the board of directors of the Apollo Theater Foundation and the UNESCO Slave Route Project, among many others.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Howard Dodson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Howard Dodson describes his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Howard Dodson describes his father, Howard Dodson, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Howard Dodson describes his mother, LouBirda Jones Dodson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Howard Dodson talks about his father's hobbies and his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Howard Dodson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Howard Dodson describes attending school in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Howard Dodson recalls his favorite teachers in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson describes his influential teacher, Dr. Leah Jordan
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Howard Dodson recalls his social activities at Bethany Baptist Church in Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Howard Dodson describes growing up in a tough neighborhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Howard Dodson recalls his decision to attend West Chester State College in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Howard Dodson describes staging a sit-in in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Howard Dodson recalls the strong athletic programs at West Chester University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Howard Dodson talks about the successful black students at West Chester University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Howard Dodson recalls pledging Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity at West Chester University in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Howard Dodson describes majoring in social studies and English at West Chester College in Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Howard Dodson describes attending Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson talks about joining the Peace Corps in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Howard Dodson describes earning his master's degree at Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Howard Dodson describes serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Howard Dodson describes serving in the Peace Corps in Ecuador, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Howard Dodson describes the people in Ecuador
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Howard Dodson describes coaching basketball in Ecuador
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Howard Dodson recalls becoming a recruiter for the Peace Corps
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Howard Dodson recalls the Washington, D.C. riots following Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson recalls the Washington, D.C. riots following Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Howard Dodson talks about working in the press office for the Poor People's Campaign
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Howard Dodson recalls traveling and reading African American history in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Howard Dodson describes his interest in African American history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Howard Dodson remembers enrolling at the University of California-Berkeley and meeting his wife
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Howard Dodson talks about joining Andrew Billingsley at the Institute of the Black World in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Howard Dodson describes the Institute of the Black World
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Howard Dodson describes the split between the Martin Luther King Center and the Institute of the Black World
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson describes the rich intellectual life at the Institute of the Black World
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Howard Dodson talks about the size and funding of the Institute of the Black World
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Howard Dodson describes the intellectual debates at the Institute of the Black World
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Howard Dodson describes his career trajectory in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Howard Dodson talks about a television documentary series on black history and culture
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Howard Dodson describes his intellectual influences
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Howard Dodson describes his interdisciplinary approach to his graduate education at the University of California-Berkeley, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Howard Dodson describes his interdisciplinary approach to his graduate education at the University of California-Berkeley, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Howard Dodson describes working at the National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson recalls his wife taking a job at Union Theological Seminary in New York City
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Howard Dodson describes applying for a position at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Howard Dodson talks about his research projects with the Council of Interracial Books for Children and the National Council of Churches
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Howard Dodson recalls traveling to Cuba with HistoryMaker Reverend Jesse Jackson
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Howard Dodson describes the history of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Howard Dodson talks about Arthur Schomburg
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Howard Dodson talks about former directors of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson describes renovating the Schomburg Center
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Howard Dodson talks about acquiring funding to build an auditorium at the Schomburg Center, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Howard Dodson talks about acquiring funding to build an auditorium at the Schomburg Center, pt. 2
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Howard Dodson describes acquiring collections as the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Howard Dodson describes acquiring the Leon Damas collections as the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Howard Dodson describes the success of cultural programming at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Howard Dodson describes research scholarships at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Howard Dodson describes the importance of highlighting lesser known African American history
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson recalls the Schomburg Center's acquisition of the Malcolm X papers, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Howard Dodson recalls the Schomburg Center's acquisition of the Malcolm X papers, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Howard Dodson describes his role in making the African burial ground an historic site in New York City
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Howard Dodson describes his hopes and concerns for the black community, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Howard Dodson describes his hopes and concerns for the black community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Howard Dodson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Howard Dodson describes how he would like to be remembered