Meet the Team!
Brian Jones is the Associate Director of Education and a former scholar-in-residence at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Brian taught elementary grades in New York’s public schools for nine years before completing a Ph.D. in Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center. He writes about education policy and history, most recently contributing a chapter to What’s Race Got to Do With It? How Current School Reform Policy Maintains Racial and Economic Inequality, 2nd Edition (Peter Lang, 2020). Brian’s first book, The Tuskegee Student Revolt: Black Power on Booker T. Washington’s Campus, is under contract with NYU Press.
Kadiatou Tubman (pronounced: kay-deeyuh-too & pronouns: they/she) is an educator, scholar, writer. Kadiatou is the Manager of Education Programs and Outreach at the Schomburg Center. She manages the Schomburg Guided Tours program, directs the Schomburg Center's renowned Junior Scholars Program, is the founder/executive producer of the Schomburg Center's annual Black Lives Matter Teen Conference, and a lead producer of the annual Black Comic Book Festival. In her work, Kadiatou's pedagogy centralizes liberation and abolition; historical literacy; social justice; critical race and gender theory; and most importantly radical love. Her most recent work includes the “By Any Means Necessary Project”, which showcases research and art created by the Junior Scholars Program. Kadiatou is currently receiving her MA in Social Studies Education at Columbia University Teachers College.
Zenzele Z. Johnson is the Education Coordinator at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Zenzele manages the Teen Curators Program which facilitates conversations around Black art history and curatorial studies through art-making, archival research, and exhibition curation. Zenzele has overseen the execution of three exhibitions, the most recent being a digital experience, Nonlinear Pendulums: Voyage Through Infinite Blackness. Prior to joining the Schomburg Center, she served as the Education Manager at the LAMP (Learning About Media Project) where she oversaw the implementation of media literacy curricula throughout schools and partnerships in NYC. She is also a former Innovative Cultural Equity Fellow of the Caribbean Cultural Center for African Diaspora Institute where she supported efforts to educate millions of New Yorkers about their right to access art and culture through social action.