​​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".

 Suggested Readings

                                                   ​DEAN WARREN SCHOMBURG 


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.
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 The Price of the Ticket: Collected NonFiction 1948-1985. James Baldwin


Guns, Germs & Steel by Jared Diamond & Grover Gardner (2001) 


Debating Race: with Michael Eric Dyson, by Michael Eric Dyson. (2007), Civitas Books


Psycho-Cybernetics, A New Way to Get More Living Out of Life by Maxwell Maltz (1989)


 Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, (2011), by Manning Marable Penguin Viking


One Drop: My Father’s Hidden Life – A Story of Race and Family Secrets, by Bliss Broyard, (2007), Little, Brown & Co


Blues People: Negro Music in White America, by Imamu Amiri Baraka, (1999), Harper Collins


Baseball’s Great Experiment: Jackie Robinson and His Legacy, by Jules Tygiel, (1983), Oxford University Press


Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage, by William Loren Katz, (1986), Atheneum Books

                                                                                                                                                   Ira Aldridge as Othello 


This bust was sculpted in Italy by Pietro Calvi (1833 - 1884) .  Calvi  was known as an ethnographic sculptor whose bust of Othello came up at an auction in Manhattan in 1934, where it was acquired by  Arturo Schomburg for his collection at the New York Public Library.  Schomburg's winning bid was $1500.  The Othello bust has been a permanent fixture at the Schomburg Center ever since and remains on display in the 2nd floor reading room.  





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                                                                                                              Ira Aldridge as Othell

This bust was sculpted in Italy by Pietro Calvi (1833 - 1884) .  Calvi  was known as an ethnographic sculptor whose bust of Othello came up at an auction in Manhattan in 1934, where it was acquired by  Arturo Schomburg for his collection at the New York Public Library.  Schomburg's winning bid was $1500.  The Othello bust has been a permanent fixture at the Schomburg Center ever since and remains on display in the 2nd floor reading room.