Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library Where Every Month Is Black History Month
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Founded in 1925 as the Negro Literature, History and Prints Division of the 135th Street Branch Library by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the leading cultural institutions in the world devoted to the preservation of materials focused on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Recognized for its prominence in digital humanities, scholarly research, and vast collection spanning over 10 million items, the Schomburg Center won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2015. Today, the Schomburg serves as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration with diverse programs that illuminate the richness of black history and culture, and in 2017 it was named a National Historic Landmark. For more information, please visit www.schomburgcenter.org

Join us Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 PM for day one of the interdisciplinary forum “Archiving & Preserving Hip-Hop Culture." ...
02/20/2020

Join us Friday, Feb. 28 at 6:30 PM for day one of the interdisciplinary forum “Archiving & Preserving Hip-Hop Culture." The evening will include a screening of the doc “Young Schomburg” and a talkback with its director Syreeta Gates. https://bit.ly/38IzQtY #SchomburgCenter

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of H...
02/19/2020

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of Hazel Scott's centennial birthday, it's a can't miss month of unforgettable music. Visit schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. #WJF2020 #SchomburgCenter

02/18/2020
Sonia Sanchez Remembers the Transformative Activist-Poet, Audre Lorde

"Sista, we will continue your work..."

Watch Sonia Sanchez share her tribute to Audre Lorde, whose birthday we remember today, February 18.

Yesterday Sanchez remembered her friend Audre Lorde, appearing with Dr. Gloria Joseph, Lorde’s partner in love and life in the final years of her life. They ...

On Feb 3, we hosted a free, public screening of the Independent Lens documentary Always in Season. Directed by Jacquelin...
02/18/2020

On Feb 3, we hosted a free, public screening of the Independent Lens documentary Always in Season. Directed by Jacqueline Olive, the documentary centers on the case of Lennon Lacy, an African American teen who was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina and explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans, and connects this form of historic racial terrorism to racial violence today. Following the screening we had a talkback with Claudia Lacy, mother of Lennon Lacy and Monifa Bandele, Senior Vice President for MomsRising.org. Presented in partnership with THIRTEEN In The Community public screenings. | Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell for the Schomburg Center

On Feb 3, we hosted a free, public screening of the Independent Lens documentary Always in Season. Directed by Jacqueline Olive, the documentary centers on the case of Lennon Lacy, an African American teen who was found hanging from a swing set in Bladenboro, North Carolina and explores the lingering impact of more than a century of lynching African Americans, and connects this form of historic racial terrorism to racial violence today. Following the screening we had a talkback with Claudia Lacy, mother of Lennon Lacy and Monifa Bandele, Senior Vice President for MomsRising.org. Presented in partnership with THIRTEEN In The Community public screenings. | Photos: Isseu Diouf Campbell for the Schomburg Center

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison (1931-2019) was born #onthisday. See our 2016 video where The Toni Morrison Soc...
02/18/2020

Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison (1931-2019) was born #onthisday. See our 2016 video where The Toni Morrison Society made its "Bench by the Road" placement at the #SchomburgCenter. Ms. Morrison spoke at the ceremony. https://bit.ly/2STJbZ1

The name “Bench by the Road” was taken from Ms. Morrison’s remarks in a 1989 interview where she discussed the absence of historical markers that help remember the lives of Africans who were enslaved, according to the society’s website. To learn more, visit tonimorrisonsociety.org.

#ToniMorrison #ToniMorrisonSociety

Check out this episode of the podcast “Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson.” #SchomburgCenter Director Kevin Young discuss...
02/17/2020

Check out this episode of the podcast “Trailblazers with Walter Isaacson.” #SchomburgCenter Director Kevin Young discusses his book “Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News.” https://bit.ly/39mF1zA

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of H...
02/16/2020

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of Hazel Scott's centennial birthday, it's a can't miss month of unforgettable music. Visit schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. #WJF2020 #SchomburgCenter

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of H...
02/15/2020

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of Hazel Scott's centennial birthday, it's a can't miss month of unforgettable music. Visit schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. #WJF2020 #SchomburgCenter

On Jan 27, vibraphone and marimba player Stefon Harris and his band Blackout presented at the Schomburg Center as part o...
02/15/2020

On Jan 27, vibraphone and marimba player Stefon Harris and his band Blackout presented at the Schomburg Center as part of Carnegie Hall Citywide. Harris spins nimble solo lines that dart and swirl, while his stellar band complements his playing with its own flights of invention.

On Jan 27, vibraphone and marimba player Stefon Harris and his band Blackout presented at the Schomburg Center as part of Carnegie Hall Citywide. Harris spins nimble solo lines that dart and swirl, while his stellar band complements his playing with its own flights of invention.

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of H...
02/15/2020

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of Hazel Scott's centennial birthday, it's a can't miss month of unforgettable music. Visit schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. #WJF2020 #SchomburgCenter

NEXT FRIDAY: Join us at 12 PM for “Malcolm X Remembered." The day will include a pop-up exhibition featuring handwritten...
02/15/2020

NEXT FRIDAY: Join us at 12 PM for “Malcolm X Remembered." The day will include a pop-up exhibition featuring handwritten notes, rarely seen photos, and historic papers of the civil rights leader. https://bit.ly/2ORtEYw #SchomburgCenter #MalcolmX

Librarians in our Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books division created this display in honor of #ValentinesDay2020. It...
02/14/2020

Librarians in our Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books division created this display in honor of #ValentinesDay2020. It features romantic writings by authors and poets such as #MayaAngelou. It’s on display until the first week of March. #MARBmini #SchomburgCenter

02/14/2020
Laurin Talese Performs "Trench Coat featuring Four By Four"

Take an afternoon music break with jazz vocalist Laurin Talese performing "Trench Coat."

Want to see her live? Join us for our 2020 Women's Jazz Festival Week 4: Featuring Laurin Talese (3/23).

Watch the 2018 Winner of the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Competition perform her cinematic composition, "Trench Coat!" Written by Laurin Talese Rhythm S...

CBFS: Housing Discrimination in the Jim Crow North and the Case for Reparations | The case for reparations is often made...
02/14/2020

CBFS: Housing Discrimination in the Jim Crow North and the Case for Reparations | The case for reparations is often made in reference to the long legacy of slavery in the United States. But after emancipation, black people continued to face systematic violence and institutional racism—lack of access to safe, affordable and decent housing is one of the most egregious examples. Historians Beryl Satter, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Nathan Connolly joined us on Feb 6 for this discussion of the ways in which housing policy, over the course of the 20th and into the 21st century, created and re-created inequality.

CBFS: Housing Discrimination in the Jim Crow North and the Case for Reparations | The case for reparations is often made in reference to the long legacy of slavery in the United States. But after emancipation, black people continued to face systematic violence and institutional racism—lack of access to safe, affordable and decent housing is one of the most egregious examples. Historians Beryl Satter, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Nathan Connolly joined us on Feb 6 for this discussion of the ways in which housing policy, over the course of the 20th and into the 21st century, created and re-created inequality.

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of H...
02/14/2020

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of Hazel Scott's centennial birthday, it's a can't miss month of unforgettable music. Visit schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. #WJF2020 #SchomburgCenter

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing has been reissued forty years after its initial publication. This groundbreaking collec...
02/14/2020

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing has been reissued forty years after its initial publication. This groundbreaking collection of Zora Neale Hurston’s work was born out of editor Alice Walker’s commitment to amplifying Hurston’s literary prowess and reclaiming a legacy shaped by her male contemporaries. On Feb 11 Feminist Press and the Schomburg Center hosted a conversation about Hurston’s legacy, with Jamia Wilson (Feminist Press), Tracy Sherrod (Amistad), and Vanessa K. De Luca (ZORA magazine), moderated by Jennifer Baker, Managing Editor at Random House Children's Books Inc. This program is supported in part by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust. Photography:

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing has been reissued forty years after its initial publication. This groundbreaking collection of Zora Neale Hurston’s work was born out of editor Alice Walker’s commitment to amplifying Hurston’s literary prowess and reclaiming a legacy shaped by her male contemporaries. On Feb 11 Feminist Press and the Schomburg Center hosted a conversation about Hurston’s legacy, with Jamia Wilson (Feminist Press), Tracy Sherrod (Amistad), and Vanessa K. De Luca (ZORA magazine), moderated by Jennifer Baker, Managing Editor at Random House Children's Books Inc. This program is supported in part by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust. Photography:

January 24 marked the anniversary of the birth of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938), a writer, bibliophile, and histo...
02/14/2020

January 24 marked the anniversary of the birth of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938), a writer, bibliophile, and historian dedicated to the collection and amplification of the artistic and academic work of people of African descent.

12:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Pop-up Exhibition

The public was invited to view a selection of items from his original collection and learn more about the origins of the Schomburg Center. Arturo Schomburg's commitment led to the creation of the Schomburg Collection and subsequently the Schomburg Center.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Annual Arturo Schomburg Lecture

Our Annual Arturo Schomburg Lecture in celebration of current programs and scholarship that advance the mission and vision of Arturo Schomburg featured a lecture and conversation with Dr. Abdel Kader Haidara and filmmaker Idil Ibriham, producer of the feature documentary The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu. He discussed the archival items he has on loan to the Met exhibition Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, his work as a collector and archivist for the Mamma Haidara Library, and the conservation efforts that continue around Timbuktu. Dr. Boukary Sawadogo provided translation for the program.

January 24 marked the anniversary of the birth of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938), a writer, bibliophile, and historian dedicated to the collection and amplification of the artistic and academic work of people of African descent.

12:00 pm - 5:30 pm | Pop-up Exhibition

The public was invited to view a selection of items from his original collection and learn more about the origins of the Schomburg Center. Arturo Schomburg's commitment led to the creation of the Schomburg Collection and subsequently the Schomburg Center.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Annual Arturo Schomburg Lecture

Our Annual Arturo Schomburg Lecture in celebration of current programs and scholarship that advance the mission and vision of Arturo Schomburg featured a lecture and conversation with Dr. Abdel Kader Haidara and filmmaker Idil Ibriham, producer of the feature documentary The Badass Librarians of Timbuktu. He discussed the archival items he has on loan to the Met exhibition Sahel: Art and Empires on the Shores of the Sahara, his work as a collector and archivist for the Mamma Haidara Library, and the conservation efforts that continue around Timbuktu. Dr. Boukary Sawadogo provided translation for the program.

Third-graders at Global Community Charter School (GCCS) delivered handwritten cards of appreciation to #SchomburgCenter ...
02/14/2020

Third-graders at Global Community Charter School (GCCS) delivered handwritten cards of appreciation to #SchomburgCenter staff for Valentine's Day. WCBS reporter Nico Dubina, who happened to be in the building, interviewed the students about their visit. #ValentinesDay2020

Be a part of writing history! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 Noon for our “Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-t...
02/14/2020

Be a part of writing history! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 Noon for our “Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.” Contribute and edit content related to Black history and culture on Wikipedia for Black WikiHistory Month. ow.ly/TcbS30qf4Fx #SchomburgCenter.

Be a part of writing history! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 Noon for our “Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-t...
02/14/2020

Be a part of writing history! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 Noon for our “Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.” Contribute and edit content related to Black history and culture on Wikipedia for Black WikiHistory Month. ow.ly/TcbS30qf4Fx #SchomburgCenter.

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of H...
02/13/2020

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of Hazel Scott's centennial birthday, it's a can't miss month of unforgettable music. Visit schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. #WJF2020 #SchomburgCenter

We held our fourth annual Black Lives Matter Teen Conference on 2/8. The day included youth-led panel discussions, media...
02/13/2020

We held our fourth annual Black Lives Matter Teen Conference on 2/8. The day included youth-led panel discussions, media workshops, and interactive arts. At our Teen Night Open Mic that evening, we encouraged youth to express their thoughts through poetry, dance, and song. #BLMTeenConference

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of H...
02/13/2020

Join us every Monday in March at 7 PM for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of Hazel Scott's centennial birthday, it's a can't miss month of unforgettable music. Visit schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
#WJF2020 #SchomburgCenter

Be a part of writing history! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 Noon for our “Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-t...
02/13/2020

Be a part of writing history! Join us on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 12 Noon for our “Phenomenal Black Women Wikipedia Edit-a-thon.” Contribute and edit content related to Black history and culture on Wikipedia for Black WikiHistory Month. ow.ly/TcbS30qf4Fx #SchomburgCenter.

The Schomburg Center will be closed Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents' Day.
02/12/2020

The Schomburg Center will be closed Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents' Day.

Join us every Monday in at 7 PM March for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of H...
02/12/2020

Join us every Monday in at 7 PM March for our Women's Jazz Festival! From the rich sounds of Haiti to a celebration of Hazel Scott's centennial birthday, it's a can't miss month of unforgettable music. Visit schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets.
#WJF2020 #SchomburgCenter #Jazz

On 2/5, we held the panel discussion “Battling School Segregation: 1964 and 2020.” Student activists from Teens Take Cha...
02/12/2020

On 2/5, we held the panel discussion “Battling School Segregation: 1964 and 2020.” Student activists from Teens Take Charge and Integrate NYC discussed the issue and announced they are calling for a citywide school boycott on 5/18. #SchomburgCenter #TeensTakeCharge #IntegrateNYC

Students in our Teen Curators program are reading and discussing the #1619Project. #SchomburgCenter #BlackHistory #Educa...
02/12/2020

Students in our Teen Curators program are reading and discussing the #1619Project. #SchomburgCenter #BlackHistory #Education #NYTimes #NikoleHannahJones

#Kudos: Check out this story in Sisters From AARP about Tammi Lawson. She is the curator in our Art and Artifacts Divisi...
02/10/2020
A Great Day in Harlem

#Kudos: Check out this story in Sisters From AARP about Tammi Lawson. She is the curator in our Art and Artifacts Division. https://bit.ly/2UGgZvg #SchomburgCenter

Black art matters. 'Sisters' visits the world-famous Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, where curator Tammi Lawson preserves our story.

02/10/2020

"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life." ~
Muhammad Ali
#MondayMotivation #SchomburgCenter #Brainyquote

Before Cynthia Erivo was an Academy Award-nominee for her role in “Harriet,” she starred in the Broadway musical “The Co...
02/09/2020
Theater Talks: The Color Purple by Schomburg Center

Before Cynthia Erivo was an Academy Award-nominee for her role in “Harriet,” she starred in the Broadway musical “The Color Purple.” Watch our 2016 conversation with Erivo, a fellow cast member, and the show’s creative team. https://bit.ly/2UFkli6 #SchomburgCenter #Oscars2020

Watch Schomburg Center's Theater Talks: The Color Purple on Livestream.com. This landmark musical based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same name follows the the inspirational Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life. Wit...

Last night, we held our Langston Hughes Birthday Bash. This special edition of our First Fridays series celebrated the 1...
02/08/2020

Last night, we held our Langston Hughes Birthday Bash. This special edition of our First Fridays series celebrated the 119th birthday of the poet and longtime Harlem resident.

Guests danced on top of the Cosmogram in the Langston Hughes Lobby, which is part of the spiritual center of the Schomburg Center. Mr. Hughes’ ashes are interred beneath and the words of his first published poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, adorns the lobby’s public art installation, Rivers. Sculptor Houston Conwill created the piece. https://on.nypl.org/31DP9Bt

Guests also saw the exhibitions “Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition” and “Femmetography: The Gaze Shifted” during our extended viewing hours.

DJ Hard Hittin Harry, formerly of The Fugees, provided the music.

#SchomburgCenter #FirstFridays #LangstonHuges #HardHittinHarry

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. A cultural center as well as a repository, this Harlem-based modern research library also sponsors a wide array of interpretive programs, including exhibitions, scholarly and public forums, and cultural performances. For over 80 years, the Schomburg Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of black history and culture. For more information, please visit www.schomburgcenter.org Exhibition hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 am-6 pm

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Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 20:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 20:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

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(212) 491-2200

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