Ed Mapp joined the Board of Directors of The Friends of Thirteen, Inc. in October 2000. He was elected First Vice Chairman in June 2003 and served as Chairman from June 2005 until June 2007. He was Co-Chair of Thirteen’s Legacy Society.
A native New Yorker and graduate of Stuyvesant High School, he earned a B.A. degree from the City College of New York, an M.S. degree from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from New York University. Following tenure as a New York City secondary school teacher, Ed joined the New York City College of Technology as an administrator/professor (1964-77). His appointment as Dean of Faculty at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY (1977-82) allowed him to exercise leadership not only in advancing its permanent campus, but by introducing new curricula such as a Corporate Cable Communications program. As Vice Chancellor of The City Colleges of Chicago (1981-82), Ed’s highest priority was the promotion of the system’s television channel as a vehicle for adult education and GED instruction. For years, Ed was a columnist for Movie/TV Marketing published in Tokyo. He has authored numerous articles and published several books including the early work Blacks In American Films, published in 1972, A Separate Cinema, published in 1992 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux, African Americans and the Oscar in 2003 (2nd edition 2008) and his first children’s book Wednesday at Weeksville in 2005. Over the years, Ed amassed a collection of more than a thousand vintage black cast film posters spanning the decades since 1920. He has exhibited from the collection at institutions throughout the United States and Canada. In 1996, he presented his collection to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences where it is a significant addition to the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library and Center for Motion Picture Study, Beverly Hills. The Smithsonian Institution co-sponsored an exhibition of selections from the Mapp collection that toured the United States for a period ending July 2005. Ed’s past and present affiliations include: Board Member, National Conference of Christians and Jews (Brooklyn Region 1972-81); Advisory Committee, National Project Center for Film and the Humanities (1974-75); Board of Directors, United Nations Association of New York (1975-78); Trustee, New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Agency (1980-82); Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights (1987-94) and the Big Apple Greeter Program (1992-2004). Since 1994, he has been Professor Emeritus, Speech and Communication at Borough of Manhattan Community College.