Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture , New York NY

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world’s leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. It is located in the heart of Harlem and within the 135th branch of the New York Public Library.
The Schomburg Center first won international acclaim in 1926 when the personal collection of the distinguished black scholar and bibliophile Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was added to the Division of Negro Literature, History and Prints of the 135th Street Branch of The New York Public Library. Schomburg subsequently served as curator of the division from 1932 until his death in 1938. The division was renamed in his honor in 1940, and in 1972 it was designated as one of the Research Libraries of The New York Public Library.

Today, the Schomburg Center contains over 10,000,000 items and provides services and programs for constituents from the United States and abroad. The Center’s collections include art objects, audio and video tapes, books, manuscripts, motion picture films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, prints, recorded music discs and sheet music.  Highlights include:

  • One of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of paintings, sculptures, works on paper and textiles, and material culture from Africa and the African Diaspora. Featured artists include Aaron Douglas, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden.
  • A extensive collection of photographs from the mid-18th century to the present day, including portraits of many prominent 19th- and 20th-century black artists, political figures, actors, musicians, athletes, and social activists. Among the photographers represented are James VanDerZee, Gordon Parks, Edward Steichen, Coreen Simpson, Bert Andrews, and Chester Higgins.
  • Books and manuscripts it contains more than 3,900 rare books, 580 manuscript collections, and 15,ooo pieces of sheet music and rare printed materials. These include the original manuscript of Richard Wright’s Native Son;

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard, New York, NY 10037
Phone: 212/491-2200
Website: www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg

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

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
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibrarySeptember 30th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Between the Lines: Charles Blow

Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 - 8pm

New York Times columnist Charles M. Blow will be in conversation with Director of the Schomburg Center Khalil Muhammad about his new book, Fire Shut Up in My Bones. The gorgeous, moving memoir takes a look at how America's most innovative and respected journalists found his voice by coming to terms with a painful past.
Charles M. Blow is The New York Times's visual Op-Ed columnist whose column appears every Saturday. His career at the Times spans 20 years and is distinguished by numerous awards, including the best show award from the Society of News Design. He is also the Art Director of National Geographic Magazine.

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibrarySeptember 29th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Ordinary People: Alexis De Veaux
Tomorrow at 6:30 PM

Come hear the extraordinary poet and biographer Alexis De Veaux read from her new work of fiction, Yabo. After the reading, De Veaux will be joined with special guests to discuss her work and her impact in the literary, women's, and black lesbian cultures. De Veaux will be joined by author and cultural critic Michele Wallace and Assistant Curator at the Schomburg Center, Steven G. Fullwood. The conversation will be moderated by Kara Olidge, Deputy Director of the Schomburg Center.

Alexis De Veaux was born and raised in Harlem, New York. She is a celebrated author and activist recognized for her devotion to numerous literary and women's organizations.

This program is presented by the Schomburg's In the Life Archive. For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1u6sN5M
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibrarySeptember 28th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Films at the Schomburg: Miners Shot Down
Saturday, October 11, 4:00 - 5:30pm

Join us for a screening of Rehad Desai's Miners Shot Down in the second installment of The Liberation Series. The film focuses on the events of August 2012, when the Marikana mine in South Africa experienced the worst episode of bloodshed since the end of apartheid. For seven days, thousands of miners protested for a living wage. The non-violent demonstration was brought down through an intervention by state police forces, in which more than 30 miners were shot dead and many others injured. In this political thriller, the director reconstructs the sequence of events through testimonies and footage of the massacre, drawing a disturbing picture of the mechanism of power in South Africa, where corporations make profits by exploiting the poorest.

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public LibrarySeptember 27th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Films at the Schomburg: Felix
Saturday, October 11, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Join us for a screening of Roberta Durrant's award winning film Felix, the first of two films featured in The Liberation Series. Described as “Billy Elliot with Cape jazz," this family-friendly film follows 14-year-old Felix as he dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father. When he leaves his township to take up a scholarship at an elitist private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father’s old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library shared Schomburg Education's photo.September 26th, 2014 at 7:30pm
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