The Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation have created the Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute to encourage minority students and others with an interest in African-American and African Diasporan Studies to pursue graduate degrees in the humanities.

During six intensive weeks, the Institute, with the help of renowned scholars, develops and nurtures the students’ interest in the appropriate disciplines, and provides them with the requisite intellectual challenges and orientations needed to pursue humanities careers and to reach their full potential.

Over the years, close to 80 percent of our students have gone on to graduate school; from Yale to UC Berkeley, and from Oxford to Carnegie Mellon and New York University.

The Institute is generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Institute Staff

Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf

Nicole Burrowes, City University of New York
Sean Greene, University of Pennsylvania

Maribel Pimentel


Africana Age

Between 2005 and 2010, sixty Schomburg-Mellon Fellows conducted research in the Schomburg divisions, looking for photographs, prints, manuscripts, and periodicals to illustrate Africana Age. In devoting their energies to the preparation of this website, they were exposed to the ways new knowledge is created and to the intellectual excitement that one derives from the life of the mind. The Fellows became actively involved in the process of research and discovery and the challenge of interpreting documents and other sources.


Schomburg-Mellon Fellows


Zenab Muga Abdill
Delaware State University

Katrice Dallas
Bennett College for Women

Alan J.Gaines
Toogaloo College

Jacqueline Holliday
Delaware State University

Kathleen Johnson
Fordham University

Miesha Rice
Johnson C. Smith University

Darren Sands
Hofstra University

Melanie Singleton
Columbia University

Jessica Taylor
Bennett College for Women


Essence Caleb
Johnson C. Smith University

Daylan Dufelmeier
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Casarae Gibson
Johnson C. Smith University

Terryn Denise Hall
Hampton University

Rita Harvey
Columbia University

Eric Jackson
College of Staten Island

Melody Ledwon
Hunter College

Latisha Morrell
New York University

Nafeesa Muhammad
Spelman College

Nathalie Pierre
Howard University

Crystal Watts
Tougaloo College


Christopher J. Bonner
Howard University

Marjuan Canady
Fordham University

Melanie Chambliss
Howard University

Liana Alicia George
New York University

Omare Kinsey
Howard University

Shannon D. Malone
Tougaloo College

Ianna Hawkins Owen
Hunter College

Keondra Prier
Barnard College

Taqwaa Falaq Saleem
Savannah State University

Courtney B. Sanders
Hampton University

Sheena Stringer
Fordham University



Kellsie Barton-Millar
Howard University

Shontelle Bolden
Johnson C. Smith University

Charnell Covert
The New School

Amy Duffuor
Columbia University

Tonja Khabir
Fisk University

Tiana Knight
Tennessee State University

Anne Lieberman
Fordham University

Candace Mitchell
Columbia University

Wendell Ramsey Jr.
The Macaulay Honors College City College

Jameliah I. Shorter
Paine College


Akeema Anthony
The New School University/Eugene Lang College

Amber Marie Courtney
Tuskegee University

Rachel Johnson
New York University

Sarah-Anne Leverette
Hampton University

Alexandria Lust
Sarah Lawrence College

Johari A. Malik
Fordham University

Alexsandra Mitchell
Howard University

Charity Pate
St Augustine’s College

Kenton Rambsy
Morehouse College

Ana’ Marie Rector
Clark Atlanta University


Terrell Armistead
St. John’s University

Ashli E. Carter
Dillard University

Tamara Davidson
New York University

Julia Katz
New York University

Naeemah Ayisha Kitchens
University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Mamadou Ndoye
Morehouse College

Raquel I. Ruiz
The New School University/Eugene Lang College

Vincent T. Smith Jr.
Virginia Union University

Ericka Ward
New York University


Africana Age Website Staff and Contributors

Project Director

Curator and Project Manager


Divisions Curators

Audio Video Montage

Research Assistant


Image Scanners

Head Photographer




Audio Segments

Video Segments

Web Design and Development

Howard Dodson

Sylviane A. Diouf

Davarian Baldwin - Trinity College - History/African and African Diaspora Studies
Maryemma Graham - University of Kansas - English
Robert Hill - University of California at Los Angeles - History
Ehiedu Iweriebor - Hunter College - History
Sir Keith Hunte, Emeritus - University of the West Indies, Barbados - History
Sylvie Kandé - SUNY Old Westbury - African Studies
Minkah Makalani - Rutgers University - History
Sarah-Jane Mathieu - University of Minnesota - History
Harvey Neptune - Temple University – History
Bertrade Ngo-Ngijol Bamoun- Lehman College - African Cultural Studies/Women's Studies/French
William Strickland - University of Massachusetts - Political Science
Benjamin Talton - Temple University - African History
Joyce Toney - Hunter College - Women's Studies/Africana Studies
Chad L. Williams - Hamilton College - History
Komozi Woodard - Sarah Lawrence College - American History

Diana Lachatanere
Genette McLaurin
Mary Yearwood

Christopher P. Moore

Ashley Bowden

Angeline Beljour
Natiba Guy-Clement
Michael Mery

Michael Perry
Allison Quammie
Antony Toussaint

Peter M. Riesett

Mike Siegel

Elizabeth Kugler

Adrian Deese

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