Kevin Young is the new director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

Here is Elizabeth Blair at NPR:

The Smithsonian Institution has announced that poet Kevin Young will be the next director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. With more than 37,000 objects, the NMAAHC in Washington, D.C., is the largest center dedicated to the African American experience in the country. Young succeeds the museum’s founding director, Lonnie G. Bunch III, who was named secretary of the Smithsonian in 2019.

Young is currently director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City, where he has overseen such high profile acquisitions as the Harlem-based archives of Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Ruby Dee and Fred “Fab 5 Freddy” Brathwaite. Among Young’s published works are 11 books of poetry including Jelly Roll: A Blues, which was a National Book Award finalist. He is currently the poetry editor at The New Yorker.

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