SJC Brooklyn Welcomes Ron Howell

February 05, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – February 5, 2019 - The Department of Journalism and New Media Studies (JNM) at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that it will welcome author Ron Howell to discuss his new book, Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram Baker, in conversation with Ted Hamm, Ph.D., SJC’s chair of JNM, on Wednesday, February 13 at 5 p.m. in the Tuohy Hall Student Lounge.

“As we celebrate Black History Month, I'm looking forward to hearing Howell's insights on the first African American elected to public office in Brooklyn,” said Michael Hanophy, Ph.D., interim executive dean and professor of biology at SJC Brooklyn. “It will be fascinating to learn how he became the first elected African-American in Brooklyn and laid the foundation for many of the legendary African-American politicians who have enriched our public life for many years.”

Boss of Black Brooklyn begins with the tale of one man’s rise to prominence in a fascinating era of history. In 1948, Baker was elected to the New York state assembly, representing a remarkable turning point in the evolution of modern New York City. Boss of Black Brooklyn explores politics and Baker’s inner life, revealing themes that resonate today.

Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association, the International Student Union and the Department of History, this event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase following the event. For more information, contact Michael Banach at 718.940.5584 or [email protected].

St. Joseph’s College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service. Through SJC Brooklyn, SJC Long Island and SJC Online, the College offers degrees in 50 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.