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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Wednesday, Dec.16 at 7 PM: Join us for an evening of conversation with legendary poet Nikki Giovanni. She discusses her ...
12/05/2020
Between the Lines: Make Me Rain by Nikki Giovanni

Wednesday, Dec.16 at 7 PM: Join us for an evening of conversation with legendary poet Nikki Giovanni. She discusses her new book, Make Me Rain, which celebrates her loved ones, declares her pride in her Black heritage, and explores the enduring impact of racism and white nationalism.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-make-me-rain-by-nikki-giovanni-registration-131082694869?aff=schomburgsocialmedia #SchomburgCenter

An evening with celebrated poet, Nikki Giovanni, who challenges us with this powerful and deeply personal collection of verse

The Lapidus Center at the Schomburg Center is accepting nominations for its 2021 Harriet Tubman Prize. The award honors ...
12/05/2020
ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS: 2021 Harriet Tubman Prize – Lapidus Center

The Lapidus Center at the Schomburg Center is accepting nominations for its 2021 Harriet Tubman Prize. The award honors a distinguished nonfiction book published in the U.S. on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World. The winner receives $7,500. The deadline for nominations is December 31, 2020. https://www.lapiduscenter.org/accepting-nominations-2021-harriet-tubman-prize?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social #SchomburgCenter

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery is pleased to announce the opening of the competition for the 2021 Harriet Tubman Prize, which will be awarded to a distinguished nonfiction book published in the United States on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in th...

From Our Friends: Mondays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14: Harlem Stage presents a two-part program on Afrofuturism. Singer Nona Hen...
12/04/2020
Harlem Stage

From Our Friends:
Mondays, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14: Harlem Stage presents a two-part program on Afrofuturism. Singer Nona Hendryx moderates panel discussions with writers and activists including Moor Mother, Liza Jessie Peterson, Alondra Nelson, and more. Learn more at: https://www.harlemstage.org

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem's cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 PM: Join us for a virtual conversation exploring how art and activism have been used in the fight...
12/04/2020
Being Seen: Art, Activism, and Archiving of Our Existence

Wednesday, Dec. 9 at 7 PM: Join us for a virtual conversation exploring how art and activism have been used in the fight against HIV/AIDS and documenting these stories. Panelists include journalist Emil Wilbekin and Bridgett Pride, a reference librarian in the #SchomburgCenter’s Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/being-seen-art-activism-and-archiving-of-our-existence-registration-131121310369?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Want to learn more about LGBTQ materials in the Schomburg Center’s collections? Explore the Bridgett’s guide. https://libguides.nypl.org/BlackLGBTQStudies?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social.

Join us for a conversation exploring the connection between art, activism, and the archive.

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 PM: The Jefferson Market branch of NYPL is having the virtual event, Finding Her Voice: Lorraine Han...
12/04/2020
Finding Her Voice: Lorraine Hansberry in the Village - a Performance

Sunday, Dec. 6 at 2 PM: The Jefferson Market branch of NYPL is having the virtual event, Finding Her Voice: Lorraine Hansberry in the Village. Actors will read selections from Hansberry’s plays, journals, and letters. https://www.nypl.org/events/programs/2020/12/06/finding-her-voice-lorraine-hansberry-village-performance?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

The #SchomburgCenter has The Lorraine Hansberry Papers. The collection includes the journals, diaries, personal and professional correspondence of the award-winning playwright. http://archives.nypl.org/scm/20931

TONIGHT, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join us for a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and ...
12/03/2020
Resisting Carceral Cities: Prisons, Police & Punishment in Perspective

TONIGHT, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join us for a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them with authors Garrett Felber, Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Carl Suddler. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resisting-carceral-cities-prisons-police-punishment-in-perspective-registration-129354100597?aff=schomburgsocialmedia #SchomburgCenter

Join a conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them.

“It is overwhelming to contemplate the variety contained in this monumental tribute to Black poetry from the colonial pe...
12/02/2020
Times Critics’ Top Books of 2020

“It is overwhelming to contemplate the variety contained in this monumental tribute to Black poetry from the colonial period to the present,” wrote The New York Times.

Congratulations to #SchomburgCenter Director Kevin Young. The Times named his anthology, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, as one of the Top Books of 2020.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/02/books/times-critics-top-books-of-2020.html #poetry

The Times’s staff critics give their choices of the best fiction and nonfiction works of the year.

TONIGHT, Dec. 2 at 5 PM: Join the discussion on educational justice. Dr. Brian Jones, associate director of the Schombur...
12/02/2020
Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice

TONIGHT, Dec. 2 at 5 PM: Join the discussion on educational justice.

Dr. Brian Jones, associate director of the Schomburg Educational Programs, is one of the panelists. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-lives-matter-at-school-an-uprising-for-educational-justice-tickets-127893321367?aff=schomburgsocialmedia #Education #BlackLivesMatter #educationaljustice

Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones, editors of Black Lives Matter at School, discuss antiracist education with contributor Brian Jones.

The Washington Post published an analysis of the book Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice ...
12/02/2020
Analysis | 'Black Lives Matter at School’ — a new book on anti-racist work in education

The Washington Post published an analysis of the book Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice edited by educators and activists Denisha Jones and Jesse Hagopian. Dr. Brian Jones, associate director of Schomburg Educational Programs, wrote the chapter “Black Lives Matter at School: Historical Perspectives.” The newspaper published an excerpt. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/12/01/black-lives-matter-school-new-book-antiracist-work-education/

Want to learn more about the book and Dr. Jones? He will be a panelist for tonight’s (Dec. 2) conversation Black Lives Matter: An Uprising for Education Justice. It starts at 5 PM. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-lives-matter-at-school-an-uprising-for-educational-justice-tickets-127893321367?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

The event is in partnership with Haymarket Books.

Plus two excerpts.

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join us for a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and...
12/01/2020
Resisting Carceral Cities: Prisons, Police & Punishment in Perspective

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join us for a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them with authors Garrett Felber, Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Carl Suddler. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resisting-carceral-cities-prisons-police-punishment-in-perspective-registration-129354100597?aff=schomburgsocialmedia #SchomburgCenter

Join a conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them.

TONIGHT at 5 PM: #SchomburgCenter Director Kevin Young discusses his anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Str...
12/01/2020

TONIGHT at 5 PM: #SchomburgCenter Director Kevin Young discusses his anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song with Tracy K. Smith, 22nd Poet Laureate of the U.S. Join the conversation! #LiftEveryVoice https://www.crowdcast.io/e/levlaunch/register

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join us for a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and...
12/01/2020
Resisting Carceral Cities: Prisons, Police & Punishment in Perspective

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join us for a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them with authors Garrett Felber, Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Carl Suddler. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resisting-carceral-cities-prisons-police-punishment-in-perspective-registration-129354100597?aff=schomburgsocialmedia #SchomburgCenter

Join a conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them.

The #SchomburgCenter and Haymarket Books are collaborating on another can’t miss conversation! Join the discussion on ed...
11/30/2020
Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice

The #SchomburgCenter and Haymarket Books are collaborating on another can’t miss conversation! Join the discussion on educational justice on Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 5 PM ET.

Dr. Brian Jones, associate director of the Schomburg Educational Programs, is one of the panelists. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-lives-matter-at-school-an-uprising-for-educational-justice-tickets-127893321367?aff=schomburgsocialmedia #Education #BlackLivesMatter #educationaljustice

Jesse Hagopian and Denisha Jones, editors of Black Lives Matter at School, discuss antiracist education with contributor Brian Jones.

#GivingTuesday is on Dec.1 but you can make your gift early! Support our free community programs and groundbreaking coll...
11/30/2020

#GivingTuesday is on Dec.1 but you can make your gift early! Support our free community programs and groundbreaking collections. Each donation will be matched. So, it’s double the impact. #SchomburgCenter #SchomburgGivingTuesday
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Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police...
11/29/2020
Resisting Carceral Cities: Prisons, Police & Punishment in Perspective

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them with authors Garrett Felber, Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Carl Suddler. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resisting-carceral-cities-prisons-police-punishment-in-perspective-registration-129354100597?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
#SchomburgCenter

Join a conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them.

“Preacher” by Nan Lurie is from the Works Progress Administration Art collection. She created the print between 1935-43....
11/29/2020

“Preacher” by Nan Lurie is from the Works Progress Administration Art collection. She created the print between 1935-43. The WPA is perhaps best known for its public works projects, which employed musicians, writers, and other artists. President Franklin Roosevelt created the agency in 1935 as part of The New Deal. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/76706330-d56d-0131-6e2f-58d385a7bbd0?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social #schomsunday #SchomburgCenter #SundayService #Goodmorning #blackchurches

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and...
11/28/2020
Resisting Carceral Cities: Prisons, Police & Punishment in Perspective

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join us for an online conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them with authors Garrett Felber, Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Carl Suddler. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resisting-carceral-cities-prisons-police-punishment-in-perspective-registration-129354100597?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
#SchomburgCenter

Join a conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them.

From Our Friends: Literacy Partners is having a Toni Morrison Tribute over Thanksgiving Weekend. Join the Song of Solomo...
11/27/2020

From Our Friends: Literacy Partners is having a Toni Morrison Tribute over Thanksgiving Weekend. Join the Song of Solomon marathon reading starting TONIGHT, November 27 at 8 PM.

The three-part event includes readings by Brit Bennett, Edwidge Danticat, Jacqueline Woodson, and more. Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young gives the introductory remarks.

The suggested donation is $5. Use the promotional code Schomburg2020 for free admission. https://litpartners2020.org/toni-morrison #SchomburgCenter #LitPartners #WordsShapeOurWord #ToniMorrison #SongofSolomon #ReadWithUs

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers! Her book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the Am...
11/25/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers! Her book They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South won the 2020 Harriet Tubman Prize.

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the #SchomburgCenter honors the best nonfiction book published in the U.S. on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World. https://www.lapiduscenter.org/2020-harriet-tubman-prize-winner?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Photo of Dr. Jones-Rogers: Lily Cummings

Looking for culinary inspiration? Tracy Crawford, a librarian in our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Divisi...
11/25/2020
Dining Across the Diaspora: Learning From the Legendary Edna Lewis

Looking for culinary inspiration? Tracy Crawford, a librarian in our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, pays tribute to Edna Lewis, “The Grand Dame of Southern Cooking,” in her blog post Dining Across the Diaspora. Learn more about this celebrated chef and author. https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/08/11/schomburg-edna-lewis-dining-diaspora?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social #Thanksgiving #Food

“One of the greatest pleasures of my life has been that I have never stopped learning about good cooking and good food.” —Edna Lewis

11/24/2020
archives.nypl.org -- African Burial Ground Committee files

The #SchomburgCenter honors the life and legacy of David N. Dinkins, who made history as New York City’s first African American mayor. Mr. Dinkins convened the Mayor's African Burial Ground Committee, which later became the Federal Steering Committee on the African Burial Ground in New York City. Howard Dodson, former Schomburg Center director, chaired the latter group. http://archives.nypl.org/scm/21099

The New York Public Library is now offering grab-and-go service at 50 locations as part of our gradual reopening. Find a location near you, and learn about our remote resources.

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture honors the life of David N. Dinkins, who passed away on Monday, Novem...
11/24/2020

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture honors the life of David N. Dinkins, who passed away on Monday, November 23, at the age of 93. Mr. Dinkins made history as New York City’s first African American mayor in 1990. After his time in public office, he taught at Columbia University, hosted a radio program at WLIB, and was a life-long supporter of the Schomburg Center. He spoke with students in our Junior Scholars program and was a frequent visitor to our exhibitions.

His wife Joyce B. Dinkins died on October 11, 2020. In the early 1990s, the Schomburg Center named a children’s book collection in her honor and a portion of her papers are housed in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division.

(Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young is pictured with Mr. Dinkins in 2017.)

The Schomburg Center’s Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long and short-term fellowships to support educators and wri...
11/23/2020
Scholars-in-Residence Program Fellowship 2021-22

The Schomburg Center’s Scholars-in-Residence Program offers long and short-term fellowships to support educators and writers working on projects that would benefit from access to the Schomburg's collections for the study of African diasporic history, politics, literature, and culture. Both programs offer stipends. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2020.
https://www.nypl.org/help/about-nypl/fellowships-institutes/schomburg-center-scholars-in-residency/application

Criteria and Terms The Scholars-in-Residence Program offers both long-term and short-term fellowships designed to support and encourage top-quality research and writing on the history, politics, literature, and culture of the peoples of Africa and the African diaspora, as well as to promote and faci...

From Our Friends: Literacy Partners is having a Toni Morrison Tribute over Thanksgiving Weekend. Join the Song of Solomo...
11/23/2020

From Our Friends: Literacy Partners is having a Toni Morrison Tribute over Thanksgiving Weekend. Join the Song of Solomon marathon reading starting Friday, November 27 at 8 PM.

The three-part event includes readings by Brit Bennett, Edwidge Danticat, Jacqueline Woodson, and more. Schomburg Center Director Kevin Young gives the introductory remarks.

The suggested donation is $5. Use the promotional code Schomburg2020 for free admission. https://litpartners2020.org/toni-morrison #SchomburgCenter #LitPartners #WordsShapeOurWord #ToniMorrison #SongofSolomon #ReadWithUs

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police...
11/22/2020
Resisting Carceral Cities: Prisons, Police & Punishment in Perspective

Thursday, Dec. 3 at 6:30 PM: Join a virtual conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them with authors Garrett Felber, Kelly Lytle Hernandez and Carl Suddler. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/resisting-carceral-cities-prisons-police-punishment-in-perspective-registration-129354100597?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
#SchomburgCenter

Join a conversation about historical perspectives on the rise of prisons and police and resistance to them.

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General information

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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