Howard Dodson is the Director Emeritus of Howard University Libraries and former director of the New York Public Library Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He 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.

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.

At this year’s CMBC event he will speak at the Culture The Gateway To Progress.