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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 For more information, please visit www.schomburgcenter.org

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 Af

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 Af

Operating as usual

02/04/2023

“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically... No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” ~ Rosa Parks

to Rosa Parks (1913-2005) who was born . Her courageous act of refusing to give up her seat to a white male passenger on an Alabama bus in 1955 played a pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The boycott took place for over a year and ended after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.


https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/86049d85-cd44-59b5-e040-e00a180637f5?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

: We return to 2021! "Tim Fielder is not only an incredible artist and storyteller, but he’s also a masterful educator! ...
02/03/2023
4 Black Comic Book Festival Talks You Should Watch Before the 2022 Festival | The New York Public Library

: We return to 2021!

"Tim Fielder is not only an incredible artist and storyteller, but he’s also a masterful educator! Although this program was targeted at youth audiences, it’s really for everyone," said Kadiatou Tubman, producer of our Black Comic Book Festival.

She named four online programs you should be watch before the festival. Find out her picks!


https://www.nypl.org/blog/2021/12/13/4-black-comic-book-festival-talks-you-should-watch?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Kadiatou Tubman has been the lead producer of the festival since 2017. Here, she recommends four talks from past festivals to watch.

: Explore , an archive of educational resources. Curated by Center staff, topics covered included Afrofuturism, environm...
02/02/2023

: Explore , an archive of educational resources. Curated by Center staff, topics covered included Afrofuturism, environmental racism, religion, and more to foster a greater understanding of the Black experience.



https://www.nypl.org/schomburgsyllabus?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

The is an archive of new and recent educational resources relating to Black studies, movements, and experiences. By connecting these materials to the Schomburg Center’s collections, we honor and recognize the source and strength of Black self-education practices, collective stud...

Calling all comic book lovers, cosplayers, publishers, and artists! Our 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival returns Fr...
02/02/2023
The Schomburg Center 's 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival

Calling all comic book lovers, cosplayers, publishers, and artists! Our 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival returns Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 from 10 AM - 8 PM.

Registration is open.

Artwork: TJ Sterling



https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-schomburg-center-s-11th-annual-black-comic-book-festival-registration-525127088257?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

The Black Comic Book Festival celebrates the rich tradition of Black comics featuring panel discussions, a cosplay show, and more!

: Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Jr., and Korey Wise were all teenagers when they were ...
02/01/2023
The Exonerated Five: An In-Depth Look at Their Journey to Justice | The New York Public Library

: Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Jr., and Korey Wise were all teenagers when they were wrongfully convicted and served time for the 1989 brutal r**e of a white female jogger inside New York City’s Central Park.

The Center’s materials offer an in-depth look at their legal case and their journey to clear their names. The collection includes a historic conversation with Salaam, Richardson, and Santana, Jr., who are known today as part of the , a few hours after the unveiling of the Gate of the Exonerated at Central Park on December 19, 2022 and an invitation to the event. The day also marked the 20th anniversary of all five being cleared of all charges.

The park entrance at 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard honors all who have been wrongfully convicted.
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2023/02/01/exonerated-five-depth-look-their-journey-justice?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Explore the Schomburg Center’s online and in-person materials on the Exonerated Five.

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly". ~ Langston Hughes  to poet Langs...
02/01/2023
Langston Hughes as a young man

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly". ~ Langston Hughes

to poet Langston Hughes (1901-1967) who was born . Our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division has some of his poems and unpublished works in their collections. Our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference holds materials by and about him in their collections as well.

? A portion of Hughes's ashes are buried beneath the Cosmogram in our lobby.

Created by Houston Conwill (1947-2016), the Cosmogram is an over 1,100 square foot terrazzo flooring. Conwill drew his inspiration from Hughes's poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

https://on.nypl.org/40gMkEg

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

Closing Tuesday, Feb. 28. Don’t miss our exhibition Boundless:10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures. Boundless illumin...
01/28/2023
Boundless: 10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures

Closing Tuesday, Feb. 28. Don’t miss our exhibition Boundless:10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures.

Boundless illuminates the long history of Black comics and sequential art creators and their motivations to render humor, justice, irony, and futurism in Black aesthetic and liberatory practices from the Golden Age of comic books (1938–1956) to the present.

https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/boundless-10-years-seeding-black-comic-futures

The exhibition celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s Black Comic Book Festival and illuminates the long history of Black comics and sequential art creators from the Golden Age of comic books (1938-1956) to the present.

Thursday, February 9 at 6 PM: Be a part of a series launch event celebrating the new partnership between Howard Universi...
01/27/2023
Black Lives in the Diaspora: Past / Present / Future

Thursday, February 9 at 6 PM: Be a part of a series launch event celebrating the new partnership between Howard University and Columbia University to uplift the future of publishing in Black Studies.

The evening will feature welcome remarks from Howard University president Wayne A.I. Frederick and the founding chair of Columbia University’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Farah Jasmine Griffin, followed by a conversation between Columbia College dean Josef Sorett and Howard University economist Omari Swinton.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-lives-in-the-diaspora-past-present-future-tickets-498766332527?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Series launch event celebrating the new partnership between Howard and Columbia, working to uplift the future of publishing in Black Studies

Happening TONIGHT, January 24 at 6:30 PM: Join us online for our annual  Lecture and Conversation. Dr. Deborah Willis, a...
01/24/2023

Happening TONIGHT, January 24 at 6:30 PM: Join us online for our annual Lecture and Conversation.

Dr. Deborah Willis, author of The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship, will be in conversation with Director Joy L. Bivins.
http://ow.ly/IamW50MznFB

Happening now through 8:30 PM: Today only. View our pop-up display featuring items from our collections about our founde...
01/24/2023

Happening now through 8:30 PM: Today only. View our pop-up display featuring items from our collections about our founder (1874-1938). He was born , Jan. 24. Plus, see materials from Lawrence D. Reddick’s World War II Project.

At 6:30 PM, join us for our lecture and conversation with Dr. Deborah Willis, author of The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship. A book signing and dessert reception follow. http://ow.ly/YTtj50Mziec

 to our founder  who was born , January 24.  Mr. Schomburg is widely associated with the word Afroborinqueño—a person wh...
01/24/2023
4 Occasions Arturo Schomburg Inspired American & African Diasporic Culture | The New York Public Library

to our founder who was born , January 24.

Mr. Schomburg is widely associated with the word Afroborinqueño—a person who is of Black and Puerto Rican descent.

Mr. Schomburg celebrated both of his heritages and frequently used the word to describe himself.

Journalist Gustavo E. Urrutia used the term in a 1936 column about Mr. Schomburg for El Diario De la Marina. Researchers can read the column from the newspaper on microfilm. Our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division holds the Arthur Alfonso Schomburg Papers.

A portion of the archive includes correspondence between Mr. Schomburg and Urrutia. Additionally, our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division has the correspondence on microfilm.

Find out more occasions Mr. Schomburg inspired American and African Diasporic culture.

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2023/01/10/4-occasions-arturo-schomburg-inspired-american-african-diasporic-culture?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Four examples of how Schomburg Center founder Arturo Schomburg still resonates in American and African Diasporic culture.

Happening TONIGHT, January 23 around 7 PM: Join us online for the talkback following the screening of excerpts of the do...
01/23/2023

Happening TONIGHT, January 23 around 7 PM: Join us online for the talkback following the screening of excerpts of the documentary Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World. The discussion includes Chuck D and invited guests.
Produced in partnership with PBS.
http://ow.ly/f9oF50Mymzx

Photo: Lisa Herndon

Coming up this week…Join us!Monday, January 23 | 6:30 PM | OnlineTalkback | Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the Wor...
01/22/2023
The Schomburg Center's Winter/Spring 2023 Programs Preview | The New York Public Library

Coming up this week…Join us!

Monday, January 23 | 6:30 PM | Online
Talkback | Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

Tuesday, January 24 | 6:30 PM | Schomburg Center
Arturo Schomburg Annual Lecture and Conversation
Dessert reception will follow.


https://www.nypl.org/blog/2023/01/20/schomburg-centers-winterspring-2023-programs-preview?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Get a first look at what’s happening at the Schomburg Center in 2023! See the schedule of winter and spring public programs.

: The MTA Arts & Design team is seeking images of artists’s previous work to consider for a new site-specific permanent ...
01/21/2023
MTA Arts & Design - MTA Metro-North Railroad - Park Avenue Viaduct, East 116th Street

: The MTA Arts & Design team is seeking images of artists’s previous work to consider for a new site-specific permanent artwork, in conjunction with the Park Avenue Viaduct (PAV) Replacement project at East 116th Street in Manhattan.

The deadline is January 31.



https://mtaarts.submittable.com/submit/245509/mta-metro-north-railroad-park-avenue-viaduct-east-116th-street

MTA Arts & Design seeks images of artists’ previous work to review in consideration for a new site-specific permanent artwork, in conjunction with the Park Avenue Viaduct (PAV) Replacement project at East 116th Street in Manhattan. The PAV Replacement Project focuses on the elevated steel structur...

! A.J. Muhammad, head reference librarian of our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division interviewed Nuyor...
01/21/2023
Does the Bronx Have a Taste for Monsters? | liquid blackness | Duke University Press

! A.J. Muhammad, head reference librarian of our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division interviewed Nuyorican Gothic's Playwright Desi Moreno-Penson in the article “Does the Bronx Have A Taste For Monsters?” for Duke University’s publication Liquid Blackness: Journal of Aesthetics and Black Studies.

The article is part of a special issue co-edited by Tashima Thomas, an alumna of the Center's Scholars-in-Residence program, dedicated to scholarly explorations of Afro Gothic.

https://read.dukeupress.edu/liquid-blackness/article/6/2/142/319814/Does-the-Bronx-Have-a-Taste-for-Monsters-Nuyorican

A. J. MUHAMMAD is a librarian at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture's Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, a producer with The Fire This Time Festival and CLASSIX, and also an ensemble member of DNAWORKS. He has served as a dramaturg for productions at Woodie King J...

Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 PM: Although tickets are gone for the screening of excerpts of the Chuck D produced documentary ...
01/20/2023
Community Screening | Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

Monday, Jan. 23 at 6:30 PM: Although tickets are gone for the screening of excerpts of the Chuck D produced documentary Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World, you can join us online for the talkback. The discussion will include Chuck D and invited guests.

Fight the Power is an incredible narrative of struggle, triumph and resistance that will be brought to life through the lens of an art form that has chronicled the emotions, experiences and expressions of Black and Brown communities: Hip Hop. In the aftermath of America's racial and political reckoning in 2020, the perspectives and stories shared in Hip Hop are key to understanding injustice in the U.S. over the last half-century.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-screening-fight-the-power-how-hip-hop-changed-the-world-tickets-510755241677?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Screening of excerpts from PBS's Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World and conversation with Hip Hop legend Chuck D

TOMORROW January 19 at 6:30 PM: “A critical race theory tour de force for understanding Latino anti-Black bias, from the...
01/18/2023
Between the Lines: Racial Innocence by Tanya Katerí Hernández

TOMORROW January 19 at 6:30 PM: “A critical race theory tour de force for understanding Latino anti-Black bias, from the most important Afro-Latina voice on civil rights today,” said Kimberlé Crenshaw, Columbia University law professor and one of the leading scholars on critical race and Black feminist legal theory, of Tanya Katerí Hernández’s book Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality.

Hernández will discuss her critically acclaimed work.

A book signing follows.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-racial-innocence-by-tanya-kateri-hernandez-tickets-498726082137?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Conversation with Tanya Katerí Hernández author of Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality

! Danny Jimenez, a library technical assistant at our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, served as o...
01/17/2023
RNE Leadership Institute - Ebook: Beyond Virtual and Hybrid Programs

! Danny Jimenez, a library technical assistant at our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, served as one of the contributing writers to the e-book, Beyond Virtual and Hybrid Programs: How Libraries Recreated a Community During the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Jimenez describes some of the pandemic programs that he created such as "YA Comic Chats: Impact of Black Panther."


https://sites.google.com/view/rne-leadership-institute/ebook-beyond-virtual-and-hybrid-programs?pli=1

Beyond Virtual and Hybrid Programs: How Libraries Recreated a Community During the Covid-19 Pandemic

As a child growing up in Puerto Rico, a teacher told future  founder Arturo Schomburg (1874–1938) that Black people had ...
01/17/2023
4 Occasions Arturo Schomburg Inspired American & African Diasporic Culture | The New York Public Library

As a child growing up in Puerto Rico, a teacher told future founder Arturo Schomburg (1874–1938) that Black people had no culture and history. Those words sparked a life mission of activism and collecting materials about Black and Latinx peoples.

As we celebrate Mr. Schomburg on what would have been his 149th birthday on January 24, explore four examples of how his life, collections, and writings still resonate in American and African Diasporic culture.
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2023/01/10/4-occasions-arturo-schomburg-inspired-american-african-diasporic-culture?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Four examples of how Schomburg Center founder Arturo Schomburg still resonates in American and African Diasporic culture.

: Explore our 2019 exhibition, Crusader: Martin Luther King, Jr. which presents an intimate photo travelogue of King’s m...
01/16/2023
CRUSADER: Martin Luther King Jr.

: Explore our 2019 exhibition, Crusader: Martin Luther King, Jr. which presents an intimate photo travelogue of King’s month-long pilgrimage to India, his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, accompanied by selected images of the civil rights movement by renowned photographers by renowned photographers Moneta Sleet, Jr., Austin Hansen, Robert Sengstacke, and Ben Fernandez. #schomburgcenter
https://on.nypl.org/3XgQLx2

Crusader presents an intimate photo travelogue of King’s month-long pilgrimage to India, his acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, Norway, accompanied by selected images of the civil rights movement by renowned photographers by renowned photographers Moneta Sleet, Jr., Austin Hansen, Robert...

01/15/2023

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~
Happy Heavenly Birthday to Dr. King. https://on.nypl.org/3XyUDJv

01/14/2023
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: Join the online discussion as Dr. Miriam Nyhan Grey will be in conversation with Irish activist and advocate Jude Hughes. He is a founding member of one of the first anti-racism groups in Ireland.

The talk is part of NYU’s virtual series, Black, Brown and Green Voices. It takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 1 at 12:30 PM. https://bit.ly/3vYR3MO

01/13/2023

Tuesday, January 24 from 12 Noon–8:30 PM: January 24 marks the birthday of our founder 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.

Join us for our pop-up display on view beginning at 12 noon, plus our lecture and conversation with Dr. Deborah Willis, author of The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship starting at 6:30 PM. A book signing and dessert reception will follow.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/arturo-schomburg-lecture-and-conversation-tickets-497974674657?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

NEXT THURSDAY, January 19 at 6:30 PM: “A critical race theory tour de force for understanding Latino anti-Black bias, fr...
01/13/2023
Between the Lines: Racial Innocence by Tanya Katerí Hernández

NEXT THURSDAY, January 19 at 6:30 PM: “A critical race theory tour de force for understanding Latino anti-Black bias, from the most important Afro-Latina voice on civil rights today,” said Kimberlé Crenshaw, Columbia University law professor and one of the leading scholars on critical race and Black feminist legal theory, of Tanya Katerí Hernández’s book Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality.

Hernández will discuss her critically acclaimed work.

A book signing follows.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-racial-innocence-by-tanya-kateri-hernandez-tickets-498726082137?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Conversation with Tanya Katerí Hernández author of Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality

The  will open at 12 noon on Friday, January 13. The Schomburg Shop will be closed for inventory on Friday, January 13.
01/12/2023

The will open at 12 noon on Friday, January 13. The Schomburg Shop will be closed for inventory on Friday, January 13.

Join us online at 7 PM TONIGHT, January 10, for Freedom on the Move: Songs in Flight Preview. http://ow.ly/BGaU50Mnbrs
01/10/2023

Join us online at 7 PM TONIGHT, January 10, for Freedom on the Move: Songs in Flight Preview.
http://ow.ly/BGaU50Mnbrs

Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 PM: “A critical race theory tour de force for understanding Latino anti-Black bias, from th...
01/10/2023
Between the Lines: Racial Innocence by Tanya Katerí Hernández

Thursday, January 19 at 6:30 PM: “A critical race theory tour de force for understanding Latino anti-Black bias, from the most important Afro-Latina voice on civil rights today,” said Kimberlé Crenshaw, Columbia University law professor and one of the leading scholars on critical race and Black feminist legal theory, of Tanya Katerí Hernández’s book Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality.

Hernández will discuss her critically acclaimed work.

A book signing follows.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/between-the-lines-racial-innocence-by-tanya-kateri-hernandez-tickets-498726082137?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Conversation with Tanya Katerí Hernández author of Racial Innocence: Unmasking Latino Anti-Black Bias and the Struggle for Equality

TOMORROW, Jan 10 at 7 PM: Join us for a preview of composer Shawn Okpebholo's new song cycle, Songs in Flight. The works...
01/09/2023
Freedom on the Move: Songs in Flight Preview

TOMORROW, Jan 10 at 7 PM: Join us for a preview of composer Shawn Okpebholo's new song cycle, Songs in Flight.

The works respond to "runaway ads" placed during slavery, documenting the escape of enslaved people. Performances include singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, soprano Karen Slack, countertenor Reginald Mobley, baritone Will Liverman, and pianist Howard Watkins.

Presented in partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-on-the-move-songs-in-flight-preview-tickets-486797062117?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Excerpts from the new song cycle "Songs in Flight" and a discussion with the entire creative team behind the work including Rhiannon Giddens

Save the dates! Here's a preview of our Winter/Spring program schedule. JanuaryTuesday, Jan. 10 | 7 PM | Schomburg Cente...
01/07/2023
The Schomburg Center's Winter/Spring 2023 Programs Preview | The New York Public Library

Save the dates! Here's a preview of our Winter/Spring program schedule.

January
Tuesday, Jan. 10 | 7 PM | Schomburg Center
Freedom on the Move: Songs in Flight—Preview Conversation
Presented by Sparks and Wiry Cries. In partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thursday, Jan. 19 | 6:30 PM
Between the Lines: Racial Innocence by Tanya Katerí Hernández
Click on link in bio to register.
Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 6:30 PM | Schomburg Center
Arturo Schomburg Annual Lecture and Conversation
Reception will follow.

February
Thursday, Feb. 16 | 7 PM | Schomburg Center
The Harlem Chamber Players 16th Annual Black History Month Celebration
Featuring a world premiere by avant-garde jazz pianist-composer Aruán Ortiz

March
Monday, March 6, 20, and 27 | 7 PM | Schomburg Center
31st Annual Women's Jazz Festival with performances by Lizz Wright and an evening presented by Jazzmobile, Inc.

April
Friday and Saturday, April 14 and April 15 | Schomburg Center
11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival
Catch up on conversations from the Center's 2022 festival.

Wednesday, April 19 | 6:30 PM | Schomburg Center
Talks at the Schomburg: Black Curators Matter Oral History Project
Presented by the Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies at Columbia University

June
Saturday, June 17 | 12 – 6 PM | Schomburg Center
5th Annual Schomburg Center Literary Festival

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2022/12/27/schomburg-centers-winterspring-2023-programs-preview?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Get a first look at what’s happening at the Schomburg Center in 2023! See the schedule of winter and spring public programs.

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College is looking for papers for their 2023 National Black Writers Conf...
01/07/2023
Center for Black Literature

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College is looking for papers for their 2023 National Black Writers Conference Biennial Symposium. It takes place from March 31 to April 1, 2023. The theme is Diasporic Visions: A Celebration of Black Speculative Fiction. https://centerforblackliterature.org

About Mission Statement What We Do About the Founder, Dr. Brenda M. Greene Staff, Affiliated Faculty, and Advisory Board Members Sponsors, Partners, and Supporters Testimonials Donate to CBL NBWC About the National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) NBWC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) NBWC2022 Progra...

Tuesday, January 10 at 7 PM: Join us at the  for Songs in Flight. Songs in Flight features work that responds to selecte...
01/05/2023
Freedom on the Move: Songs in Flight Preview

Tuesday, January 10 at 7 PM: Join us at the for Songs in Flight.

Songs in Flight features work that responds to selected primary source materials from Cornell University’s Freedom on the Move (FOTM) digital database, which consists of more than 30,000 “runaway ads” placed during slavery and acts as written records of fugitive enslaved people.

The evening includes performances by singer and multi-instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, soprano Karen Slack, countertenor Reginald Mobley, baritone Will Liverman, and pianist Howard Watkins. Dr. Tsitsi Ella Jaji (Duke University) curated the text. Presented in partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-on-the-move-songs-in-flight-preview-tickets-486797062117?aff=schomburgsocialmedia

Excerpts from the new song cycle "Songs in Flight" and a discussion with the entire creative team behind the work including Rhiannon Giddens

Explore our exhibition Been Seen! It places the work of Harlem-based photographer Austin Hansen (1910–1996) in conversat...
01/04/2023

Explore our exhibition Been Seen! It places the work of Harlem-based photographer Austin Hansen (1910–1996) in conversation with seven contemporary photographers: Dario Calmese, Cheriss May, Flo Ngala, Ricky Day, Gerald Peart, Mark Clennon, and Lola Flash.

Been Seen is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 AM--5:45 PM. Learn more. https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/been-seen

Photo: Bill Farrington

Get ready for a new year of public programs! Saves these dates and join us. Tuesday, Jan. 10 | 7 PM | Schomburg CenterFr...
01/02/2023
The Schomburg Center's Winter/Spring 2023 Programs Preview | The New York Public Library

Get ready for a new year of public programs! Saves these dates and join us.

Tuesday, Jan. 10 | 7 PM | Schomburg Center
Freedom on the Move: Songs in Flight—Preview Conversation
Presented by Sparks and Wiry Cries. In partnership with The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thursday, Jan. 19 | 6:30 PM
Between the Lines: Racial Innocence by Tanya Katerí Hernández

Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 6:30 PM
Arturo Schomburg Annual Lecture and Conversation
Reception will follow.

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2022/12/27/schomburg-centers-winterspring-2023-programs-preview?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social

Get a first look at what’s happening at the Schomburg Center in 2023! See the schedule of winter and spring public programs.

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01/01/2023

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! We’re going back to fall 2022 when we streamed the programs Freedom Dreams Revisited with Robin D.G. Kelley and Uncove...
12/30/2022

! We’re going back to fall 2022 when we streamed the programs Freedom Dreams Revisited with Robin D.G. Kelley and Uncovered: Sojourner Truth's Quest for Liberty and Justice.

Both went on to become the two most viewed online public programs, respectively, of the year. Find out other “top twos” of 2022. https://on.nypl.org/3WBbJX4

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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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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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“People always say that I didn't give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn't true. I was not tired physically... No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.” ~ Rosa Parks

to Rosa Parks (1913-2005) who was born . Her courageous act of refusing to give up her seat to a white male passenger on an Alabama bus in 1955 played a pivotal role in the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

The boycott took place for over a year and ended after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that segregation on public buses was unconstitutional.


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: We return to 2021!

"Tim Fielder is not only an incredible artist and storyteller, but he’s also a masterful educator! Although this program was targeted at youth audiences, it’s really for everyone," said Kadiatou Tubman, producer of our Black Comic Book Festival.

She named four online programs you should be watch before the festival. Find out her picks!


https://www.nypl.org/blog/2021/12/13/4-black-comic-book-festival-talks-you-should-watch?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
: Explore , an archive of educational resources. Curated by Center staff, topics covered included Afrofuturism, environmental racism, religion, and more to foster a greater understanding of the Black experience.



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Calling all comic book lovers, cosplayers, publishers, and artists! Our 11th Annual Black Comic Book Festival returns Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 from 10 AM - 8 PM.

Registration is open.

Artwork: TJ Sterling



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: Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Kevin Richardson, Raymond Santana, Jr., and Korey Wise were all teenagers when they were wrongfully convicted and served time for the 1989 brutal r**e of a white female jogger inside New York City’s Central Park.

The Center’s materials offer an in-depth look at their legal case and their journey to clear their names. The collection includes a historic conversation with Salaam, Richardson, and Santana, Jr., who are known today as part of the , a few hours after the unveiling of the Gate of the Exonerated at Central Park on December 19, 2022 and an invitation to the event. The day also marked the 20th anniversary of all five being cleared of all charges.

The park entrance at 110th Street between Fifth Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard honors all who have been wrongfully convicted.
https://www.nypl.org/blog/2023/02/01/exonerated-five-depth-look-their-journey-justice?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly". ~ Langston Hughes

to poet Langston Hughes (1901-1967) who was born . Our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division has some of his poems and unpublished works in their collections. Our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference holds materials by and about him in their collections as well.

? A portion of Hughes's ashes are buried beneath the Cosmogram in our lobby.

Created by Houston Conwill (1947-2016), the Cosmogram is an over 1,100 square foot terrazzo flooring. Conwill drew his inspiration from Hughes's poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

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Closing Tuesday, Feb. 28. Don’t miss our exhibition Boundless:10 Years of Seeding Black Comic Futures.

Boundless illuminates the long history of Black comics and sequential art creators and their motivations to render humor, justice, irony, and futurism in Black aesthetic and liberatory practices from the Golden Age of comic books (1938–1956) to the present.

https://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/boundless-10-years-seeding-black-comic-futures
Thursday, February 9 at 6 PM: Be a part of a series launch event celebrating the new partnership between Howard University and Columbia University to uplift the future of publishing in Black Studies.

The evening will feature welcome remarks from Howard University president Wayne A.I. Frederick and the founding chair of Columbia University’s African American and African Diaspora Studies Department, Farah Jasmine Griffin, followed by a conversation between Columbia College dean Josef Sorett and Howard University economist Omari Swinton.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-lives-in-the-diaspora-past-present-future-tickets-498766332527?aff=schomburgsocialmedia
Happening TONIGHT, January 24 at 6:30 PM: Join us online for our annual Lecture and Conversation.

Dr. Deborah Willis, author of The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship, will be in conversation with Director Joy L. Bivins.
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Happening now through 8:30 PM: Today only. View our pop-up display featuring items from our collections about our founder (1874-1938). He was born , Jan. 24. Plus, see materials from Lawrence D. Reddick’s World War II Project.

At 6:30 PM, join us for our lecture and conversation with Dr. Deborah Willis, author of The Black Civil War Soldier: A Visual History of Conflict and Citizenship. A book signing and dessert reception follow. http://ow.ly/YTtj50Mziec
to our founder who was born , January 24.

Mr. Schomburg is widely associated with the word Afroborinqueño—a person who is of Black and Puerto Rican descent.

Mr. Schomburg celebrated both of his heritages and frequently used the word to describe himself.

Journalist Gustavo E. Urrutia used the term in a 1936 column about Mr. Schomburg for El Diario De la Marina. Researchers can read the column from the newspaper on microfilm. Our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division holds the Arthur Alfonso Schomburg Papers.

A portion of the archive includes correspondence between Mr. Schomburg and Urrutia. Additionally, our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division has the correspondence on microfilm.

Find out more occasions Mr. Schomburg inspired American and African Diasporic culture.

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2023/01/10/4-occasions-arturo-schomburg-inspired-american-african-diasporic-culture?utm_campaign=schomburgsocialmedia&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
Happening TONIGHT, January 23 around 7 PM: Join us online for the talkback following the screening of excerpts of the documentary Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World. The discussion includes Chuck D and invited guests.
Produced in partnership with PBS.
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Photo: Lisa Herndon
TOMORROW, January 24 from 12 Noon–8:30 PM: Join us as we celebrate the birthday of our founder (1874-1938).

There will be a pop-up display starting at 12 PM, plus a lecture and conversation with Dr. Deborah Willis, author of The Black Civil War Soldier at 6:30 PM. A dessert reception follows.



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Coming up this week…Join us!

Monday, January 23 | 6:30 PM | Online
Talkback | Fight the Power: How Hip Hop Changed the World

Tuesday, January 24 | 6:30 PM | Schomburg Center
Arturo Schomburg Annual Lecture and Conversation
Dessert reception will follow.


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: The MTA Arts & Design team is seeking images of artists’s previous work to consider for a new site-specific permanent artwork, in conjunction with the Park Avenue Viaduct (PAV) Replacement project at East 116th Street in Manhattan.

The deadline is January 31.



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! A.J. Muhammad, head reference librarian of our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division interviewed Nuyorican Gothic's Playwright Desi Moreno-Penson in the article “Does the Bronx Have A Taste For Monsters?” for Duke University’s publication Liquid Blackness: Journal of Aesthetics and Black Studies.

The article is part of a special issue co-edited by Tashima Thomas, an alumna of the Center's Scholars-in-Residence program, dedicated to scholarly explorations of Afro Gothic.

https://read.dukeupress.edu/liquid-blackness/article/6/2/142/319814/Does-the-Bronx-Have-a-Taste-for-Monsters-Nuyorican
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