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 Founded in 1925 as the Division of Negro Literature, History, and Prints of the 135th Street Branch Library by the Citizens Committee led by Arturo Schomburg and Ernestine Rose, a branch librarian, 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.
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Recognized for its prominence scholarly research and its vast collection spanning over 11 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

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Troy Belle, a library technical assistant in our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, returns with a n...
02/11/2021
Cultural Passport: 44 Books Featuring Black Athletes

Troy Belle, a library technical assistant in our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, returns with a new installment of his blog series, Cultural Passport.

Belle offers reading recommendations on books about Black athletes who have electrified the world and captivated fans with their talents, skills, grace, and activism. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2021/01/20/books-featuring-black-athletes?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
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There is no shortage of stories of how Black athletes have electrified the world and captivated fans with their personalities, skill, talent, philanthropy and calls for social justice. The collection of books below features Black athletes from a wide range of sports including tennis, football, baske...

If you are an educator who is teaching grades 6 through 12, consider applying to our virtual NEH Summer Institute. The p...
02/11/2021
NEH Summer Institute for Teachers 2021

If you are an educator who is teaching grades 6 through 12, consider applying to our virtual NEH Summer Institute. The program runs from July 19-30.

The deadline to apply is Monday, March 1, 2021
https://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/fellowships-institutes/neh-summer-institute?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social #SchomburgCenter

Drawing on the rich resources of the Schomburg Center, the Harlem community, and new scholarship, this two-week virtual institute expands the typical Civil Rights Movement narrative by focusing on struggles for educational opportunities in Harlem. From the perspective of these events, a new story em...

Next Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 PM: Join us for the launch of Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition, ...
02/10/2021
LAUNCH: Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition

Next Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 PM: Join us for the launch of Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition, edited by Dr. Michelle D. Commander, curator and associate director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-unsung-unheralded-narratives-of-american-slavery-abolition-registration-134340304467?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
Sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust
#SchomburgCenter

Launch event for a new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center

Tonight, February 9 at 7 PM: It’s time only—and one night only! Join the virtual conversation and go inside the journey ...
02/09/2021
Between the Lines: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS

Tonight, February 9 at 7 PM: It’s time only—and one night only!

Join the virtual conversation and go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundred Souls, edited by celebrated author Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain, PhD.

This program will not be recorded for our Livestream archive. The only time to watch this discussion is on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust. Produced in partnership with NYPL.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-four-hundred-souls-registration-134337792955?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
#SchomburgCenter #400Souls

Inside the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM:  Join the virtual conversation and go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to ...
02/07/2021
Between the Lines: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM: Join the virtual conversation and go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundred Souls, edited by celebrated author Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain, PhD.

This program will not be recorded for our Livestream archive. The only time to watch this discussion is on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust. Produced in partnership with NYPL.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-four-hundred-souls-registration-134337792955?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
#SchomburgCenter #400Souls

Inside the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Religious meeting in Nashville, Tenn. is a 1935 image by Ben Shahn, a photographer with the Farm Security Administration...
02/07/2021
Religious meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

Religious meeting in Nashville, Tenn. is a 1935 image by Ben Shahn, a photographer with the Farm Security Administration.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt created the FSA as part of The New Deal in 1937. Its team of photographers traveled throughout the U.S., documenting the living and working conditions of residents in rural areas. #SundayService #SchomSunday #SchomburgCenter #SundayBest #Goodmorning

https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-f97f-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

One of hundreds of thousands of free digital items from The New York Public Library.

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM: Join the virtual conversation and go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to t...
02/06/2021
Between the Lines: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM: Join the virtual conversation and go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundred Souls, edited by celebrated author Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain, PhD.

This program will not be recorded for our Livestream archive. The only time to watch this discussion is on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust. Produced in partnership with NYPL.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-four-hundred-souls-registration-134337792955?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
#SchomburgCenter #400Souls

Inside the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Created by Tracy Crawford, a librarian in our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, the Onitsha Market ...
02/05/2021
LibGuides: Onitsha Market Literature Guide: Home

Created by Tracy Crawford, a librarian in our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, the Onitsha Market Literature Guide assists researchers with identifying pamphlets sold in the Onitsha Market in Nigeria during the mid-20th century.

These indigenous pamphlets consist of stories, novels, and commentary regarding life, relationships, politics, and culture. https://libguides.nypl.org/onitsha_market_literature/home?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Tonight, Feb. 4 at 6:30 PM: Join our virtual conversation! Authors Ashley D. Farmer, Pam Horowitz, and Peniel E. Joseph ...
02/04/2021
Civil Rights Legacies: Martin, Malcolm, Gwen, and Julian (CBFS)

Tonight, Feb. 4 at 6:30 PM: Join our virtual conversation! Authors Ashley D. Farmer, Pam Horowitz, and Peniel E. Joseph will be talking about the lives and legacies of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Julian Bond, and Dr. Gwen Patton. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/civil-rights-legacies-martin-malcolm-gwen-and-julian-cbfs-registration-136304527511?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

#SchomburgCenter

Join a conversation about new books exploring the life and legacies of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Gwen Patton, and Julian Bond.

Slave rebellions, boycotts, marches, and kneeling are some of the methods the Black community has used in the centuries ...
02/03/2021
LibGuides: By Any Means Necessary: Documenting Black Protest in the Schomburg Center: Home

Slave rebellions, boycotts, marches, and kneeling are some of the methods the Black community has used in the centuries long struggle for freedom and equality.

Explore the By Any Means Necessary: Documenting Black Protest in the Schomburg Center guide created by Bridgett Pride, a librarian in our Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division. It lists some of the materials across the five research divisions of the Schomburg Center that document moments of protest led by the Black community, recommends digital exhibitions to explore, and shares reading recommendations.

https://libguides.nypl.org/ByAnyMeansNecessary/Home?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
#SchomburgCenter #BlackHistoryMonth

This research guide highlights collections that document slave revolts and other forms of protest lead by the Black community.

Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM on our page: Join us for a virtual premiere of Lift Every Voice, a celebration of Jame...
02/03/2021

Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 PM on our page: Join us for a virtual premiere of Lift Every Voice, a celebration of James Weldon Johnson’s classic poem featuring a dance performance, a reading by actress Phylicia Rashad, and new insights about the work by poet and educator Elizabeth Alexander.

The content is produced in partnership with the Schomburg Center, Library of America, and the City Parks Foundation.

#SchomburgCenter The Library of America City Parks Foundation SummerStage NYC

Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 PM: Go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundred So...
02/03/2021
Between the Lines: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS

Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 PM: Go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundred Souls, edited by celebrated author Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain, PhD.

Join the two, alongside contributors Robert Jones Jr., Bernice L. McFadden, and Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley, for readings from the collection and a discussion on what it takes to develop a community history, by a community. Produced in partnership with LIVE from NYPL.

The evening is sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust. #SchomburgCenter
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-four-hundred-souls-registration-134337792955?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Inside the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 PM: Join us for an evening of readings and discussion to celebrate the launch of the anthology Uns...
02/02/2021
LAUNCH: Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition

Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 7 PM: Join us for an evening of readings and discussion to celebrate the launch of the anthology Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition, edited by Dr. Michelle Commander, curator and associate director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the #SchomburgCenter.

Sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-unsung-unheralded-narratives-of-american-slavery-abolition-registration-134340304467?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Launch event for a new historical anthology from transatlantic slavery to the Reconstruction curated by the Schomburg Center

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM: Go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundre...
02/01/2021
Between the Lines: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS

Tuesday, February 9 at 7 PM: Go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundred Souls, edited by celebrated author Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain, PhD.

Sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust.
Produced in partnership with LIVE From NYPL

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-four-hundred-souls-registration-134337792955?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
#SchomburgCenter #400Souls

Inside the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 PM: Go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundred So...
01/31/2021
Between the Lines: FOUR HUNDRED SOULS

Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7 PM: Go inside the journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present in the book Four Hundred Souls, edited by celebrated author Ibram X. Kendi and award-winning historian Keisha N. Blain, PhD.

Join the two, alongside contributors Robert Jones Jr., Bernice L. McFadden, and Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley, for readings from the collection and a discussion on what it takes to develop a community history, by a community. Produced in partnership with LIVE from NYPL.

The evening is sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust. #SchomburgCenter
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-four-hundred-souls-registration-134337792955?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Inside the four-hundred-year journey of African Americans from 1619 to the present—edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain

In this picture, which was taken between 1939-1945, an Episcopal Bishop confirms African American Lieutenants Rosemary V...
01/31/2021
An Episcopal Bishop confirming African American Lieutenants Rosemary Vincent and Hallie M. Brown and an unidentified soldier, as they kneel before him

In this picture, which was taken between 1939-1945, an Episcopal Bishop confirms African American Lieutenants Rosemary Vincent and Hallie M. Brown and an unidentified soldier. The photographer is unknown. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-fa0d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99?featured=true?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
#SchomburgCenter #SchomSunday #SundayService #Goodmorning

One of hundreds of thousands of free digital items from The New York Public Library.

Monday, February 22 at 6:30 PM: Each year, the Schomburg Center celebrates the life of Malcolm X during Black History Mo...
01/31/2021
Mother Tongue: The Philosophy of Malcolm X

Monday, February 22 at 6:30 PM: Each year, the Schomburg Center celebrates the life of Malcolm X during Black History Month—coinciding with the anniversary of his assassination on February 21, 1965. This year, our virtual program will feature a conversation and presentations by Anna Malaika Tubbs, author of The Three Mothers: How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation, and Dr. Michael Sawyer, author of Black Minded: The Political Philosophy of Malcolm X.

The talk will explore how Malcolm X's mother's language of liberation and resistance is foundational to his political growth, and examine his political philosophy of Black internationalism. Dr. Imani Perry, will moderate the conversation and discuss her recent work, Breathe: A Letter to My Sons.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mother-tongue-the-philosophy-of-malcolm-x-registration-137978271725?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Sponsored by M&T Bank/Wilmington Trust #SchomburgCenter

Explore the influence of Malcolm X's mother's lessons of liberation and resistance and examine his philosophical system

Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 PM: Civil Rights Legacies: Martin, Malcolm, Gwen & JulianJoin our virtual conversation highligh...
01/30/2021
Civil Rights Legacies: Martin, Malcolm, Gwen, and Julian (CBFS)

Thursday, Feb. 4 at 6:30 PM: Civil Rights Legacies: Martin, Malcolm, Gwen & Julian

Join our virtual conversation highlighting the well and lesser-known activists in the Civil Rights Movement with authors Ashley D. Farmer, Pam Horowitz, and Peniel E. Joseph. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/civil-rights-legacies-martin-malcolm-gwen-and-julian-cbfs-registration-136304527511?aff=schomburgsocialmedia #SchomburgCenter

Join a conversation about new books exploring the life and legacies of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Gwen Patton, and Julian Bond.

Read all about it! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition...
01/30/2021
AJC Bookshelf: Black history comes to life in books on slavery, civil rights

Read all about it! The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition, edited by the #SchomburgCenter's Dr. Michelle D. Commander, an “intriguing” anthology, which brings a “fresh insight” to the antebellum era. https://www.ajc.com/things-to-do/ajc-bookshelf-black-history-comes-to-life-in-books-on-slavery-civil-rights/EA3QUD5FVBF47HQS4XUVDRCOP4/ #Kudos #Congrats

Just in time for Black History Month, two intriguing new books bring fresh insights to two critical moments in U.S. history ― the civil rights movement and the antebellum era.

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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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About the Schomburg Center

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

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