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Museum of the African Diaspora Names New Deputy Director

The Museum of the African Diaspora announced the appointment of Michael Warr as its new deputy director. Warr will lead the museum’s operations and planning. He has previously consulted for a variety of nonprofits, including San Francisco Pride, the Marcus Shelby Jazz Orchestra, and the MacArthur Foundation. He is the poetry editor of the upcoming Poetry & Protest – from Emmet Till to Trayvon Martin. As a journalist, he has contributed to the BBC, The Guardian, and African Confidential.

He received a 2014 Creative Work Fund award for his multimedia project, “Tracing Poetic Memory in Bayview Hunters Point,” and was recognized with the 2012 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Excellence in Literature.

The museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and has access to the Smithsonian’s collection of 136 million artifacts.