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The Junior Scholars Program is made possible through the generous support of The David Rockefeller Fund, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, and Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Inez Dickens, the New York City Council, NYS Assembly Member Keith Wright, NYS Senator Bill Perkins and the New York State Legislature.

A special thank you to the 2020 Schomburg Junior Scholars and families who are the reason this program exists. Thank you for your brilliance, resiliency, commitment, and support. 



Program Director: Kadiatou Tubman

Junior Scholar Program Facilitators:

Catherine Feliz

M. Scott Johnson 

Subha Ahmed

Sharee Hereford

Marcus Del Valle

Kimberley Curtis

Kanene Ayo Holder


Schomburg Center Director: Kevin Young

Associate Director of Education: Brian Jones

Dance Instructor: Rachel Morrison

Communications Manager: Lisa Herndorn 

Director of Collections and Information Services: Mary Yearwood

Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division: Cheryl Beredo, Bridgett Pride, Barrye Brown and Lauren Starks 

Photographs and Prints Division: Michael Mery and Antony Toussaint 

Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division: Maira Liriano and Rhonda Evans

Moving Image, Recorded Sound Division: Shola Lynch and Andrea Battleground

Schomburg Facilities & Security: Queennasira Sekou, Courtney Addison 

Countee Cullen Library: Nicole Nelson

Schomburg Society and Volunteer Services: Ruchelle Perry and Carey Byrd

Schomburg Shop: Rio Cortez and Virginia Mixon

Park Boulevard Productions: Kris Bergbom and Brandon Sears

Hemamset Angaza


Dr. Monique Morris, Grantmakers for Girls of Color

Dr. Kinitra L. Brooks, Michigan State University

Will Power

Tochi Onyebuchi

Bob Gore

Megan R. Williams


The Junior Scholars Program is dedicating this project to friends, family, and loved ones who have touched our hearts and changed our lives.

Anna Toure

Carmen Pilar Quiñones*

Dr. Heather Davis

Sarah Ann Anderson

Candace Lane

*no longer with us

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