Dean Schomburg is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Fordham University where he earned his Bachelor’s degree with a major in African & African-American Studies. Dean completed his senior undergraduate year at Rutgers New Brunswick. He completed his Master's degree in Communication and Information Services at Rutgers University where he earned an Academic Excellence Award for placing in the top 10-percent of his graduating class. Brooklyn born Dean (on-air name was Warren Dean) had spent his entire career as a radio news anchor. Before retiring in 2008 he spent the prior 14 years as a newscaster/writer with the Wall Street Journal Radio Network. He also hosted a network television program "Black Perspective on the News" which originated at WHYY TV in Philadelphia and was carried by the Eastern Educational Network. He was a radio news anchor for the ABC Contemporary Radio Network headquartered in New York City and an on-air host at New York City classical radio stations WQXR and WNCN. Dean Schomburg is a grandson of noted bibliophile and historian Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, whose private collection of art and artifacts relating to the contributions made by people of color to civil society formed the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of four research libraries of the New York Public Library system. He chaired the Government Advocacy Committee of the Schomburg Corporation, a non-profit which raises funds for the Schomburg Center. In his spare time (pre-pandemic) Dean enjoyed traveling to various points of the globe in pursuit of his love for jazz music. He attended jazz concerts ranging from Havana to Dubai and embarked on a yearly jazz cruise to the Caribbean, where he mixed with the musicians and played his flute and alto sax during the "passenger jams".



This website is by and about Mr. Dean Warren Schomburg whose grandfather, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was founder of one of the four Research Libraries of the New York City Public Library System. Arturo arrived in New York City from San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1891 at age 17, with a passionate desire to prove that people of color worldwide had made important contributions to civil society which had been been ignored or marginalized by the dominant society. He spent a lifetime collecting the evidence to prove his point, a collection which has been expanded upon and enriched by contributions and acquisitions from a wide range of sources which reside in what is now the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Dean  Warren  Schomburg

 Dean Schomburg discussed the life and legacy of his  grandfather Arturo Alfonso Schomburg whose vast collection of black historical  items was the basis for the creation of the New York Public Library center which bears his name.

Essex County College, Newark, N.J.  February 18, 2010        

 In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience at the Schomburg Center.                        

By Dorothy Davis

A glittering array of celebrities appeared at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, in Harlem, to celebrate the brilliant new online resource “In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience.” The exhibit tells the in-depth story of over five hundred years of African-Americans on the move. It tells about the thirteen separate African-American migrations, from the 1500s until today. Only two of them (The Transatlantic Slave Trade and The Domestic Slave Trade) were involuntary. Others included Haitian Immigration--18th and 19th Centuries, Western Migration, The Great Migration, Caribbean Immigration, and African Immigration.

What did Harry Belafonte, the famous actor, singer, producer and human rights advoca
te, have to say about “In Motion"


                                                                                 Harry Belafonte at the Schomburg Center 2005

“It gives us a chance to speak with some authenticity and authority about what our journey has been. Young students, young minds that are eager to know more about who and what we are as a nation and certainly as Africans will be rewarded amply by what they will experience on this website.”

What special message for teachers came from Dean W. Schomburg, a distinguished radio commentator and grandson of the Puerto Rican born Black Scholar, bibliophile and NYPL benefactor, Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, for whom the Center was named?

“Teaching is so important and so under appreciated. I would like to urge teachers to visit our new website, “In Motion”. It’s set up for them with lesson plans right on there.  How much easier could it be? With kids you never know what will possess them. If you expose them to this website some of them may be inspired by it. Just let them know it’s here. Even if only one person in your class gets taken by it I’d be happy with that. That would be a wonderful thing!”

What did Paul LeClerc, President of The New York Public Library, have to say about the website?
“[It is] the single most extraordinary online version of a library that I think is possible, the best that is available in the world today.”

What did Congressman Charles Rangel have to say?
“I have shared [this] with members of the Congressional Black Caucus and I can’t begin to tell you how excited they are about this great project. The African-American is just one of the few people in this great country that if they were to give us a million dollars to go to our homeland we have no clue as to where to go. We don’t know what we would do without the Schomburg in shedding some light on who we are as a people.  Where did we come from?  Where did we anchor our culture and beliefs, including religious beliefs?  What were our hopes and aspirations?  It makes us all better persons to know who we are.”

What special message for teachers did Howard Dodson, Director of The Schomburg Center, have about the website? 
“The African-American experience is a central part of America’s experience.  Let’s hope that this resource will assist teachers in incorporating some of the missing pages of American history into their classroom experiences.”And what did 6th Grader Sam Howard, who attended the preview with his mother, Mamie Bittner, a Director at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, have to say about the website after he’d seen the preview? “That was really good!