Please join us for the Opening and Naming Ceremony for the
Library at the A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Center
43 Gill Street, Kingston, NY
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1-4 pm

  • with Amy Trompetter
  • Nick Miles & the Cloud Breakers
  • Welcome by Odell Winfield, Library Founder
  • Sr. Pastor Rev. G. Modele Clarke, New Progressive Baptist Church, Kingston
  • Rev. Doris Schuyler, Riverview Missionary Baptist Church, Kingston
  • Dr. A.J. Williams-Myers

    Be Part of the Launch

    In 2001, The Sadie Peterson Delaney African Roots Library in Poughkeepsie was established under the leadership of Odell Winfield as the Hudson Valley's first African Roots Library. Now a second library modeled after the first will be coming to Gill Street in Kingston's Rondout area.

    You Can Help

    Donations to support the purchase of collections, furniture, and technology infrastructure
    can be made via paypal below or by sending a check to:
    A.J. Williams-Myers African Roots Library
    PO Box 2203
    Kingston, NY 12401

    Or get involved by getting in touch with us here


To establish an African Roots Library in Kingston's Rondout area that will promote literacy through teaching and learning about the African roots experience, including history and culture, through a dynamic exchange of information, ideas, and creativity.


To honor and encourage the transmission of history through written and oral history, spoken word, paintings, cultural artifacts and other forms of artistic expression. We celebrate the multifaceted ways to acquire knowledge. We believe that knowledge of the diverse cultural roots of people in our community needs to be understood and spread through sharing and learning from one another.

About Dr. A.J. Williams-Myers

Dr. A.J. Williams-Myers is a prominent Professor Emeritus or Black Studies at the State University of New York at New Paltz. He holds a Ph.D. in African History from UCLA. Dr. Williams-Myers is the former director of the New York African American Institute, a member of the New York State Freedom Trail Commission and historian for the African Burial Ground Interpretive Center in New York City.

He is a well published historian whose work includes books, articles, essays, and surveys. His publications include:

  • Destructive Impulses: An Examination of an American Secret in Race Relations
  • Long Hammering: Essays of an African American Presence in the Hudson Valley in the 20th Century
  • On the Morning Tide: African Americans, History, and Methodology in the Historical Ebb and Flow of Hudson River Society
  • Guide to the Survey of Historic Resources Associated with African Americans in New York State (1997)
  • New York City, African Americans and Selective Memory: An Historiographical Assessment of Black Presence Before 1877
    • Dr. Williams-Myers is most generous with his time, often serving as a keynote speaker and resource person at events in the Hudson Valley celebrating Black history, where he acts as a Fundi, one who passes on the traditions to the next generation.