A Conversation with Dr. Kenneth Manning & Hugh B. Price

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Join us on Thursday June 17, 5:30pm for an in-depth conversation to explore the lineage of Black accomplishment with the acclaimed historian and MIT professor Dr. Kenneth R. Manning, whose book Black Apollo of Science was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and co-authored the book “Blueprint for Change: the Life and Times of Lewis H. Latimer”, and Hugh B. Price, who is the former CEO of the National Urban League and great grand-nephew of Black inventor Lewis Latimer. The panel will be moderated by Calvin Stalvig from the Beam Center, and hosted by Lewis Latimer House Museum.


Hugh B. Price is a long-time civil rights leader, activist and public intellectual. As president of the National Urban League from 1994 to 2003, he launched the League’s historic Campaign for African-American Achievement, spearheaded pressure on the federal government to combat police brutality and racial profiling, vigorously defended affirmative action, and helped repair frayed relations between the black and Jewish communities. He has been an editorial writer for the New York Times, senior vice president in charge of national production at WNET/Thirteen in New York City, and vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation. The author of five books, his most recent is a memoir entitled This African-American Life. He served on the boards of Verizon, MetLife, Georgetown University, Mayo Clinic and ETS. Price is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the American Philosophical Society. He is the great grand-nephew of African American inventor Lewis Latimer.

Kenneth R. Manning is currently the Thomas Meloy Professor of Rhetoric and of the History of Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Manning received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Harvard University (History of Science; 1970, 1971, and 1974). His first major work was a study of nineteenth-century mathematics. This was followed by Black Apollo of Science: The Life of Ernest Everett Just (1983), which won the Pfizer Award and the Lucy Hampton Bostick Award, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, the Kennedy Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. He is an expert in the role of blacks in American medicine, and has authored a number of scholarly articles on blacks in science and medicine, in addition to Blueprint for Change: The Life and Times of Lewis H. Latimer.


Calvin Stalvig is a teacher, artist and former Director of Youth Programs at Beam Center in Brooklyn. His autoethnographic research investigates healing psycho-somatic illness of American hegemony through domestic ritual, labor, and intimacy with nature. Calvin received his MA in Youth Development at CUNY SPS, begins his MFA at the University of Minnesota Twin-Cities in Fall 2021, and currently serves as the Interim Communications and Development Coordinator at Beam Center.

This event is a series of public programs connected to the outdoor installation BEACON. Currently on view at the Lewis Latimer House Museum, BEACON is a temporary public installation inspired by African American Inventor, Lewis H. Latimer and his 1881 patent for the electric lamp and 1882 patent for processing carbon filament in the incandescent light bulb. It is a collaborative project between the artist Shervone Neckles, Beam Center and the Lewis Latimer House Museum.

This event is sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this event do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

5:30pm-6:30pm EDT