Joy Bivins, who joined the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem last year, has been named director of the center.
Bivins joined the Schomburg — a division of the New York Public Library and a leading repository for archival materials related to African, African diaspora and African American life, history and culture — in 2020 as an associate director of collections and research services.
Before that, she had served as the chief curator of the International African American Museum, in Charleston, S.C., and the director of curatorial affairs at the Chicago History Museum.
“The skill set that Joy has is absolutely critical for the moment that we are in,” said William Kelly, the public library’s Andrew W. Mellon director of the research libraries.
“She has been such a caring, inspirational leader over the last extremely challenging year.”The Schomburg’s previous director, Kevin Young, a poet and editor, left when the Smithsonian named him the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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