New director chosen for NYC black research center

The great-grandson of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad has been chosen as the new director of New York City’s world-renowned Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

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The New York Public Library announced Wednesday that Khalil Gibran Muhammad had been appointed to oversee the Harlem institution on Malcolm X Boulevard.

Muhammad is a professor of history at Indiana University and the author of a recently published book, "The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America."

He is also the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Ozier Muhammad.

He will succeed Howard Dodson Jr., who plans to retire after 25 years leading the Schomburg center. The 80-year-old organization collects, preserves and helps scholars to research black life.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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