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(BOLD) Brothers Offering Leadership Development
Pastor and Author Marvin Mims, Sr. He is the Pastor of St. Mark Baptist Church in Memphis, TN and a member of the Memphis Baptist Ministerial Association.  He is the Founder and President of B.O.L.D. BROTHERS, (BOLD) Brothers Offering Leadership Development, a mentoring program established in September 2001, for young men. Mims is also the Founder and President of MAN H.O.P.E. (Man Hour of Power Enrichment), established in July 2021, a ministry designed to empower men based at St. Mark Baptist Church.  He serves as a volunteer with ‘Arise to Read’ a program assisting second graders with their reading skills. His community service with BOLD includes mentoring in Shelby County Schools, delivering meals to Senior citizens for Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association (MIFA), and providing meals to homeless individuals in downtown Memphis, TN.Mims academic credentials include a Bachelor’s Degree in Biblical Studies from Crichton College in 2007 and a Graduate Degree in Management and Leadership from Webster University in 2017. He served from 1979 to 2011, in the United States Air Force, with a background in Information Technology and retired as a Chief Master Sergeant.  He has received the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal in conjunction with additional medals and awards during his military career. Mims provides support to Memphis Union Mission, Mid-South Food Bank, Sickle Cell Foundation of TN, Neshoba Community Resource Center: Memphis Lupus Support Group, and Bethel International Ministries in Kenya, East Africa. Marvin Mims Sr. is a native of Greenville, Mississippi. He is married to Anita, their children are Marvin Jr., Takenya, Tracy Ann, Joshua, and he has two grandsons Hazen and Addison.Pastor Marvin Mims Sr. wrote and self published his first book titled “The Crossroads of Champions: Manhood, Military, Marriage & Ministry.” The interconnectedness of the lives of Rev. Dr. Johnny Clarence (J.C.) Bachus and Marvin Mims Sr. (A Well known late Pastor in Memphis who left him the church before his passing). While reading the book you will find that Pastor Mims faced discrimination throughout his life and in the military but he talks about empowerment and how he overcame certain trials. As well as the importance of mental health, therapy and having a solid family support system. We would love the opportunity of Pastor Mims being a guest on your The Black Male Archives one day to talk about manhood, marriage, ministry, mental health and so much more. With hopes that his story and the book resonates with all readers and in particular Black men. Wishing that they will soon see a champion within BMA Database
19:10 5/9/23
Hall Wealth Management
We talk with Andrei Hall who was a VP of marketing at Xerox for 25+ years. He's currently a member of Ed Slott’s ( MSNBC, PBS) Master Elite Advisor, a group dedicated to solving the most complex retirement issues. Andrei Hall, President of Hall Wealth Management Group, has over 18 years’ experience in wealth management for retirees, high level executives, celebrities, and business owners. Hall Wealth Management’s success is based on Andrei’s firm belief in a holistic financial planning process. This starts with a comprehensive plan to develop planning, retirement, and estate strategies and determining which investments to be best BMA Database
27:01 5/9/23
Early Education of African American Pharmacists 1870-1975
We interview the author of Early Education of African America Pharmacists 1870-1975   Largely forgotten are those African American pharmacy schools that were formed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries that are now defunct, but not before introducing a significant number of African American pharmacists into the profession for the first time in the history of the country. Although the schools did not survive the racism, economic, and social challenges during the time, they made significant contributions to the health of their communities and paved the way for the diversity and inclusion of African Americans in pharmacy that continues today. This book reviews seven schools that were established for the purpose of training African American pharmacists after the Civil War to service their communities but are now defunct; identifies some of the first college-trained African American pharmacists in the U.S.; introduces the first African American females to receive a pharmacy degree; and describes African American pharmacists who overcame, what may be considered insurmountable odds, to be successful practitioners and entrepreneurs for the benefit of their BMA Database
38:29 5/9/23
Resisting Jim Crow: The Autobiography of Dr. John A. McFall
Lahnice Hollister is Dr. McFall's grandniece. She became aware that Dr. McFall wrote a book while researching the McFall family history. She finally found Dr. McFall's manuscript in the Fisk University archives. Though Dr. McFall did not intend its publication, Lahnice believes that Dr. McFall's voice needs to be heard and has relevance to today's issues about race in BMA Database
38:35 5/9/23
Mission Fulfilled 2030
We interview Mr. Moore a powerful speaker who leverages his story as at-risk youth to change the narrative for disadvantaged and underserved students. He teaches how he overcame being a low achieving student to working for some of the top consulting firms in the world. Mr. Moore leverages his experience with racism in corporate America as a diversity and inclusion speaker focusing on how to discuss race in the workplace.Mr. Moore is a graduate of Norfolk State University where he achieved a degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. He has over 20 years of experience as a federal government contractor as an information Technology and Cybersecurity Engineer. He has also worked as an educator in the public school system teaching technology.Mr. Moore is a two-time Amazon Best Selling Author most noted for his first title “Motivate Black Boys - How to Prepare for Careers in STEM.”He launched Mission Fulfilled 2030 in October 2019, with the vision to Inspire Educate & Activate 100,000 Black Boys with the belief that Black boys have the potential to be the future of digital technology given the right exposure and mentorship.Mr. Moore has been featured by many media outlets and publications such as Black Enterprise, NBC, ABC, Sirius Radio, iHeart Radio, Washington Times, and Baltimore BMA Database
31:00 4/2/23
Jerry Craft New Kid
We talk with author JERRY CRAFT. Jerry is the New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of the graphic novels New Kid and Class Act.  New Kid is the only book in history to win the John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature (2020); the Kirkus Prize for Young Readers’ Literature (2019), and the Coretta Scott King Author Award for the most outstanding work by an African American writer (2020). Jerry was born in Harlem and grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York BMA Database
15:51 4/2/23
We speak with Aaron Whitfield of the Black+Introvert BMA Database
18:41 4/2/23
Black Inventors Hall of Fame Museum
We interview James Howard a college professor,  design historian, entrepreneur, industrial designer, inventor and restauranteur. He owns and operates one of the area’s top niche food establishments, “Cozy Cupboard Tea Room”. Howard also brings over 25 years of experience as a design professor and has authored a course  on Design Thinking  and Design History that explores the impact of design on  society.  Accomplished Industrial Design educator and entrepreneur, Howard has lectured on the experience of the Black American inventors, often drawing a parallel with many of his own experiences as an AA innovator to those innovators of the past. Howard is an extraordinary inventor who has 20 patents. Many of these extraordinary innovations save people's lives every BMA Database
28:00 4/2/23
Black Facts Matter
We talk with co-founder Ken Granderson about Which is the longest-running data-driven repository of Black history on the internet. was created in 1997 by Ken Granderson and Dale Dowdie, two black technologists, who saw there wasn’t a place to get facts about African-Americans online, so they built a place for Black communities to be in control of their narratives. A labor of love for over 25 years, Ken and Dale nurtured this site with no outside investment – no big team, no big venture capital dollars.In 2018, when they realized that no one else had built anything like it, Ken and Dale reengineered and upgraded its content including the addition of over 400 Black History BMA Database
41:35 3/17/23
The Afrofuturist Sci-Fi Writer
We talk with sci-fi writer Maurice BMA Database
28:49 3/17/23
We talk with Dr. Thurman E. Webb Jr., Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Education, Tennessee State University.  Dr. Webb serves as coordinator and provides instruction for the College of Education in the Professional School Counseling program. He is also the lead instructor for Psychology of the Black Experience at Tennessee State University. Dr. Webb received his B.S. degree in Psychology from Tennessee State University, Nashville, Tennessee; M.S. Psychology: Professional School Counseling from Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee; and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Teaching and Learning (Leading for Social Change) from Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Dr. Webb is a Licensed Professional School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. The counseling profession is a labor of love for him and has resulted in a productive, 10-year career, in Metro Nashville Public Schools as a Licensed Professional School Counselor, as well as a counselor educator for the past 7 years at Tennessee State University.  As a licensed professional school counselor and a licensed professional counselor Dr. Webb has played both a proactive and reactionary role in the educational mindsets of learners of all types.  In August of 2017, Dr. Webb and colleagues established 180 RED (Research, Education, Development) LLC and IMANI Integrated Behavioral Health PLLC.  IMANI (IBH) is designed to provide counseling / therapy services and psychological testing, while 180 RED is geared toward workshops and training in the area of integrated behavioral health.  He is the founder of the nonprofit Rebrand the Black Man, an organization geared toward showcasing the many contributions Black men make to the global community; and Founder/CEO of Centered Person Consulting, a consulting firm designed to bring out the best in people and organizations through increasing cultural BMA Database
20:34 3/17/23
If I can do it, You can do it also; Just Better!
We talk with John Prioleau. Mr. Prioleau's autobiography, If I Can Do It, You Can Do It Also (Just Better), is a work of art that represents his ceaseless efforts and unwavering commitment to improving the quality of his life. It shows absolute dedication, perseverance, faith, hard work, hope, and love for God's creation. It represents the faith that makes everything possible, the hope that makes all things work, and the love that makes all things beautiful. It tells us there's no guarantee of disaster-free in any world religion, but love, faith, and knowledge give men hope and willpower that make the impossible possible. Grab your copies today and get motivated for life! BMA Database
28:03 3/13/23
The Journey of This Dream
Gregory Ray is a man of God, poet, writer, mentor, motivational speaker, and business owner. His love for God, Family, and community drives him to do his best and be expressive. He finds meaning in life by giving back and uplifting others with his creative words and vivid imagination. Gregory was born in Denmark, SC; but raised as a military brat. He studied Computer Science at his beloved HBCU, Voorhees College, which is now Voorhees University, and obtained his master’s degree in Computer Resource and Information Management from Webster University. While working in the field of Information Technology mostly as a Cybersecurity professional, he manages to find time to write poetry and serve in his community. Although he enjoys his career, nothing gives him more delight than seeing the smile of someone reading or hearing him recite his original poetry. He writes under the pen name, “CharismatiQue The Poet”.Recently, Gregory has found a new purpose in being a Big Brother to young males in his community. He saw it as a chance not to just give back, but as a way to provide hope and give opportunities to youth that may not have had a chance and deserves one.When Gregory is not occupied protecting the country from Cyber-attacks, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, working in the community, serving in his home church, and fellowshipping with his fraternity brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, INC. He also enjoys, traveling, reading, golfing, family gatherings, grilling, and watching BMA Database
14:10 1/27/23
The Mechanics of a Student Engineer
We interview Steve D. Wilson a mechanical engineering student and Morrill Scholar at the Ohio State University with an interest in project management and biomechanics. he has gained experience through an internship with EXP, a multidisciplinary engineering firm in Chicago, and a member of the Chicago Scholars program. Steve hopes to use STEM as a medium for him to make an impact on his community and lead the next generation of innovators and problem solvers. Steve is also a National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) BMA Database
25:57 11/17/22
Speak Black Man
We talk with Jason B. Allen, a Special Education teacher in Georgia. He has worked in Education for over fifteen (15) years as a teacher and leader serving students, families and communities. He is a longtime advocate for male engagement and building the work of increasing the number of male educators or color in classrooms and boardrooms.  His podcast, Speak Black Man, focuses on ways to recruit, retain and empower Black male educators to advocate for social justice and equity mirroring his work with Profound Gentlemen.As a long time blogger, Jason shares his experiences as a Special Education teacher through The Educators Voice Blog (TEVB). He also provides a platform, the No Cap Analysis blog, created to lift his student voices in decisions to improve and reimagine education. Additionally, he shares his experience as an educator through the Indy K12 blog. Jason recently created educational entities, an educational consulting company to provide resources, training and support for those seeking improved educational systems. He is a member of the Association of American Educators (AAE), Profound Gentlemen, AAE Foundation Advocacy Fellow and is seeking his doctoral degree in school improvement and special BMA Database
27:32 11/17/22
Melanin Holiday
We talk with Travis Thompson The name SivART comes from his name spelled backwards. Travis was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina and has been heavily involved in the arts since a very young age. Since graduating college he has been employed with the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts in Winston-Salem North Carolina, as well as the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg County School Districts.Travis has drawn and doodled since a young age but it wasn't until he was studying at Winston-Salem State University that he began to take his art seriously. It was there that he discovered a love for painting in Oils and Acrylics. It was also there that the idea for the SivART Gallery was born. Over time Travis has added Logo Creation, Paint Parties and Author to his resume. His 1st children's book titled 'The Color Wheel Kids" was published in October of 2017 and can be purchased online at several major retailers. Travis primarily works as a freelance illustrator for up and coming BMA Database
13:28 11/17/22
We have a conversation with digital artist and creative designer Omar Rashan from Indianapolis, IN  talks about his featured artworks and projects exploring the metaverse. BMA Database
27:16 11/10/22
100 Things Black Boys Should Do & Know
We interview Jason Huey a Charlotte author about his new book.  His book will help black boys maneuver through life, and gain understanding and knowledge to overcome pitfalls, fears, obstacles, and shortcomings. It will prepare black boys for matters that they had no clue about and at the same time it will give them courage to ask questions about what they didn't know exist. Their outlook of life will totally change and they will gain better understanding of themselves and BMA Database
22:53 11/10/22
Just Like Music: Social Emotional Learning Inspired by Hip-Hop
We talk with David Spellmon Jr who has spent his professional career uplifting the youth through Social, Emotional Learning, and Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Mental Health, K-12, and Higher Education sectors.David specializes in Hip Hop Pedagogy and building Social Capital. He is the author of the book Just Like Music: Social Emotional Learning Inspired by Hip Hop and the corresponding student BMA Database
16:50 11/10/22
Wateva It Takes
In this episode, we talk with Sheldon Theragood. Sheldon’s first job as a juvenile detention officer at a Harris County youth lock up facility is what fueled his interest in helping children. Hearing their stories of despair, defeat, and discouragement, TheraGood found himself offering them sound advice, reinforced with positive messages of hope, faith, and love which can be found in his book . A few years later, he joined the Houston Police Department, working with the special operations division. In 2014, he landed a spot on the department’s homeless outreach team, a special initiative focused on connecting the community, law enforcement and the city’s homeless population. Theragood uses his platform as an officer to give back to the community through TheraGood Deeds. Some of the outreach efforts include a back to school supply drive, feeding the homeless and providing toiletry bags at Thanksgiving, hosting a Christmas toy drive and party for kids, plus so much more. The inspiring book, “Whatever It Takes, Walking Through God’s Purpose,” was published last year in 2021. After realizing that it was not in God’s plan for him to play in the NBA or even college basketball, Sheldon shares how he went from a high school basketball player with NBA dreams to a police officer, youth mentor and advocate. He shares his journey of how it took going through life’s challenges to realize that there was much more to life than playing sports. He encourages young people to set goals in their lives, to have a plan, and to diligently seek what it is that God has planned for them. Sheldon’s story of how he walked in God’s purpose and did whatever it took for him to fulfill his goals will inspire everyone to - Never give up! Keep pushing forward! Create a plan and have a backup plan! Check out his podcast “Wateva It Takes.” BMA Database
31:47 11/10/22
We talk with Damon Mosley about his new book that fights Anti-Black Male Racism With a Smile“Black men are the easiest targets in the world. I wanted to ‘shoot’ us a different way,” Damon Mosley said. The Ohio writer/photographer’s new photo book Smile For We is dedicated to changing the way the world sees and treats Black men.Mosley said he got the idea for the project as a response to the police brutality problems witnessed around the country. “Countless images of police violence against Black men are on a loop on our screens and in our heads. It breaks us down mentally, so I wanted to do something about it.”However, police shootings are just one side of the equation, Mosley explained.“Every time you turn on the TV, you see Black men getting killed, ridiculed, or stereotyped at the first opportunity. In general, the media constantly portrays us as threats, not human beings. My goal is to keep positive Black men visible and relevant.”Instead of famous athletes and entertainers, Smile For We features everyday people. Hard-working, 9 to 5 guys who live in the same towns and attend the same schools and churches as you.“We don’t all play sports, rap or sell drugs,” Mosley noted. “Black men are just like everybody else. Nuanced. Complex.” He continued, “Don’t wait until we’re on a mural or a t-shirt. Give us our flowers today.”Despite the book’s good intentions, Mosley ran into an unexpected hurdle when many of his subjects were reluctant to smile.“I was like, ‘Guys, it’s in the title!’” he laughed.“We’ve been conditioned to act so hard that we’re immune to being happy. In the end, it was very rewarding and satisfying to see Black men exist with their full range of feelings.”Along with being an opportunity to serve his community, his hope for Smile For We is that the sentiment expands into other areas like music, films, and TV.“We need more positive Black male representation in media. Smile For We is about separating ourselves from the stigma. Reshaping our public image, our brand.”Smile For We by Damon Mosley is available at BMA Database
19:00 9/11/22
Author First
We interview Maurice W. Dorsey.  Since his retirement from the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture in 2012, Maurice W. Dorsey has been a writer, public speaker, and advocate for the LGBTQ community. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer sciences (1970) and a doctorate in philosophy in education (1983). He also earned a master’s degree in arts and sciences from the Johns Hopkins University (1975) and a master’s degree in education from Loyola University of Maryland (1976). He resides in Washington BMA Database
33:34 9/11/22
The Gentleman’s Ghost
Dr. Jesse Erickson, author of “The Gentleman’s Ghost: Patriarchal Eurocentric Legacies in Special Collections,” published in Archives and Special Collections as Sites of Contestation (2020) and Astor curator and department head of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. In this episode, Dr. Erickson discusses his path to special collections and the physical spaces that gave him entry into the field. Dr. Erickson also shares insight into “The Gentleman’s Ghost” and encourages archivists to think critically and imaginatively about reading rooms of the future.Dr. Erickson most recently worked as coordinator of special collections and digital humanities and assistant professor in the department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences, and as associate director of the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center at the University of Delaware. Prior to this role, he worked as a bibliographic researcher and archival processor in the manuscripts division of the Charles E. Young Research Library and the Center for Oral History Research at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He recently served as the vice president for programs for the American Printing History Association. He has also served on the editorial boards of the University of Delaware Press and Publishing History, and he is co-editor for the Papers of Bibliographical Society of America. His research specializations are in ethnobibliography, alternative printing, non-canonical textuality, African American print culture, and the transnational publishing history of the works of Ouida. Dr. Erickson holds a master’s degree in library and information science and a doctoral degree in information studies from BMA Database
24:17 9/11/22
Drone Cadets
In 2016 Sgt. Tony Reid, was a corrections officer at Rikers Island, a jail in New York City, working with incarcerated adolescents 16 to 18 years old. For 8 long years, he witnessed first-hand the plight of young men of color who became the casualties of an environment of poverty, crime, and violence. Many bright young men became ensnared in a life cycle of neglect, drugs, and crime; spending their time either on the street or behind bars. Either place could lead to dangerously grave consequences. He began to imagine a way out for these young people and decided he wanted to do something to break the chain.It was in August of the same year that the FAA created the first-ever Remote Pilot Certification* for civilian Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs). Sgt. Reid received his certification in September of 2016 and his drone career took off.Sgt. Reid founded DroneTECH UAS and the concept of Drone Cadets was born. He began doing workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on drone flight training for kids. It wasn't long before he was invited into local schools and began helping incorporate drones into their STEM curriculums. Whenever kids asked about becoming a drone pilot, he talked to kids about the narrow road that they must follow to stay in school, learn and reach success in life.In 2017 Sgt. Reid partnered with DroneBlocks to expand his curriculum to include coding. He also began his worldwide mission, bringing drones to hurricane disaster-ridden countries like the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, and Curacao. While there he worked to help provide relief, conduct infrastructure inspections, and he brought a needed distraction to children devastated by loss. He taught them to fly! BMA Database
23:50 9/11/22
3 Kings Visions- Story Time with Mr. Billy
Interview with 3kingvisions, an Educational Storytime For Kids Read Aloud show presented by 3kingvisions llc.  The 3kingsvisions founder is Billy Allen, a librarian who has a Master's Degree of Library Science from North Carolina Central University.  Billy has a strong passion of helping children develop the love of reading through his animated BMA Database
16:31 7/27/22
Spotlight Series: Charles Bibbs
This episode was recommended to us by one of our listeners Bradly Bibbs. Today we're interviewing his father for our first Spotlight Series. Where listeners can suggest young and older men who are doing good in their community, we'll interview them.Mr. Charles Bibbs is the Assistant Principal at Waubonsie Valley High School (WVHS) in Aurora, IL. He is an accomplished educator with over 30 years of experience and has won a teacher of the year award and the DuPage County Assistant Principal of the year award. In addition, he is a strong community leader and an active member of his BMA Database
25:28 7/20/22
The Brothers' Network
We talk with Gregory T. Walker of The Brothers' Network. They build and sustain relationships with institutions, artists, and community members who work to amplify broad narratives for and about men who are black. The Brothers' Network continually grows its range of artistic, philosophical, political, and community BMA Database
25:52 7/20/22
From Orphan to Greatness: An African Story
Pierre Komi T. Adade, a resident of Charlotte, North Carolina, originally from Togo, West Africa, has completed his new book “Orphan to Greatness: An African Story”: a gripping and potent biography describing his family’s past and how he eventually ended up immigrating to America.Pierre writes, “I will never, ever forget the touching, emotional statement our father used to whisper in our ears as we were growing up. ‘I would rather sacrifice everything I have, even go naked and see you, my children, succeed in life than spend the little money I have on personal luxuries and deny you an education. As you well know, when I was your age, I wasn’t fortunate enough to have someone there to back me up for an education. Believe me, it hurts like an open wound. I do not wish for you to experience even one iota of what I have endured. All I want from you is for you to take advantage of my willingness to help you, to build a secure future for yourself, as well as for the generations to come. You don’t have to pay me back. You really don’t even have to take care of me in my old age either. I don’t expect any of these things from you. I just don’t want any of you to look back years from now and blame me for not helping you to succeed in life. I just want you to be happy because I love you.’”Published by Page Publishing, Pierre Komi T. Adade’s intriguing tale describes Pierre’s life experiences growing up, how his parents have raised him and how he succeeded by fulfilling his father’s wishes of having a child educated in an English-speaking country.Readers will get to know Pierre personally. This biography not only chronicles Pierre’s life, but describes how his parents have shaped him. He details the lessons they have instilled upon him throughout his life. Pierre also mentions what major events took place around him, while he was growing up. He was born and raised in a tribe in West Africa. The tribes’ and his parents’ values and religion have immensely shaped his outlook and perspectives on life.Throughout his life, he has been inspired by his father. His father was an orphan growing up, which is the inspiration for the title. Pierre’s father was a coffee grower in West Africa, but when he was younger he yearned for an education to become a doctor or something similar. Since Pierre’s father did not have a family growing up, he was unable to get an education as he hoped. His circumstances caused him to become a coffee grower in order to provide for himself and his family. As a result, Pierre’s father dreams have changed from obtaining a better education for himself to having his children receive a better education in America or another English-speaking country.When Pierre met a young American from the Peace Corps, his father’s dreams came true. This young America sponsored Pierre, which brought him to America. Pierre was able to receive an education in America just as his father always wanted. After immigrating to America, Pierre was able to give a year experience to each of his parents by bringing them over to BMA Database
41:45 7/20/22
Dr. Green Speaks
Over the last 15 years, Dr. Green has successfully utilized his relevant skill sets, initiative, problem-solving abilities, and positive attitude to achieve remarkable results. During these years, he has served in various organizational capacities; thriving in his ability to be versatile in function, yet creative in action.In 2011, he founded the Black Doctoral Network (BDN), an organization that strives to lead the next generation of Black and Latino scholars to reach new heights. Black Doctoral Network is a bridge leader, creating paths between scholars, disciplines, and academic universities while serving as an invaluable connection between higher education and the community at large. It avails an opportunity for Black and Latino scholars to collaboratively address and engage issues that are faced by persons in the university and K-12 educational BMA Database
33:44 7/20/22
Kelvin Watson for Libraries
We talk with Kelvin Watson running for President of The American Library Association As executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, Kelvin Watson oversees 25 branches run by 600+ employees, spanning 8,000 square miles, with a budget of $77 million and a collection of 3.2 million items. Kelvin has brought innovative, award-winning leadership to Nevada’s largest library system and his deep experience in fundraising, technology, program development, and demonstrated success in addressing the digital divide, has brought a new era to this library system.Regarded as one of the most highly respected thought leaders in the library industry, Kelvin is credited with expanding his customer base in multiple library management roles, through outreach efforts to underserved and diverse populations. Two examples of these in Las Vegas are a partnership with the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada, which made digital access to the library available to bus riders and won an Honorable Mention from the ULC Innovation Awards; and the Library District’s many literacy programs for adults and children, which received the Crystal Bookmark Award from the Las Vegas Book Festival.Kelvin joined the Library District from his role as the director of the Broward County Libraries Division, where he managed through 38 locations in the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida region. During his tenure at Broward County Libraries, he brought transformative change through ambitious and groundbreaking initiatives, such as streamlining access to resources, introducing new technology, and developing new collaborative partnerships. He was named the 2021 winner of the Margaret E. Monroe Library Adult Services Award, sponsored by Novelist, for his dedication to implementing new and innovative ways to meet customers – both existing and new – “where they are,” with initiatives targeting non-traditional library BMA Database
34:08 7/20/22