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The Schomburg's 90th Anniversary Gala Marks a Magical Moment in its History

To say that the Schomburg Center's 90th Anniversary Gala was magical would be an understatement. Echoing one attendee's reaction, "It was enchanting."Read More ›

Art, Futurism, and the Black Imagination

As we launch our brand new exhibition, Unveiling Visions: The Alchemy of the Black Imagination, scholar and artist Tiffany E. Barber reflects on the influence of Afrofuturism and the inspiration of the show's fantastic duo: Curators John Jennings and Reynaldo Anderson.Read More ›

Hempstead, Segregation and Black Suburbia

In honor of our new exhibition, Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson, we explore segregation in one of the most popular suburban neighborhoods in the U.S.—Hempstead, New York.Read More ›

Down the Rabbit Hole

Lewis Carroll’s creative masterpiece turns 150 this fall, and NYPL is celebrating with a major exhibition—and, of course, with book recommendations.Read More ›

Canada Lee: Actor, Trailblazer, Activist

Harlem-raised Canada Lee, who the New York Times once called “the greatest Negro actor of his day” has been almost totally forgotten in recent history. Lee began acting when his friend suggested he do a reading, and soon found himself protecting a young maverick director named Orson Welles, with whom he formed a lifelong friendship. Read More ›

National Bestsellers at the Schomburg Gift Shop

The Shop continues to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement by celebrating prolific and emerging voices in black literature. Read More ›

The American Negro Theatre's Groundbreaking Radio Program, "New World A-Coming"

In September 1945, our American Negro Theatre (ANT) became the first theatrical company to present a radio program. Titled "New World A-Coming," the series aired Sunday afternoons for 30 minutes and was designed "to promote the universality of scripts, characters and performing talent."Read More ›

Remembering Ruby Dee, Celebrating the American Negro Theatre

Our former pre-professional, Farrah Lopez, pays tribute to American Negro Theatre alum Ruby Dee as we celebrate its 75th anniversary. Read More ›

New York City's Slave Market

On June 27, a plaque marking the site of New York City's main 18th-century slave market was unveiled in Lower Manhattan by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Read More ›

How the American Negro Theatre Shaped the Career of the Iconic Harry Belafonte

Farrah Lopez, our Communications Pre-professional, shares how our 75-year-old American Negro Theatre helped shape the career of the iconic Harry Belafonte.Read More ›

Schomburg Treasures: The StoryCorps Black LGBTQ Archive

The StoryCorps Black LGBTQ Archive is now available at the Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Mauricio Pestana and Afro-Latino Gems at the Schomburg Center

Erika Paul, Pre-Professional at the Schomburg Center's Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, shares how a recent visit from a renowned cartoonist Mauricio Pestana helped her discover our vast collections of Afro-Latino research materials.Read More ›

Watch Live: The Schomburg Center Receives the Prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Tune in at 11 am on Monday, May 18 to watch the Schomburg Center receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.Read More ›

Interview with Steven Fullwood, Curator and Co-Editor of "Black Gay Genius"

Farrah Lopez, the Schomburg Center's Communications Pre-Professional, spoke to Steven Fullwood, Assistant Curator for our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, about his “Epistolary Lives” collection in our current exhibition, Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters, and his latest book, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Black Gay Genius.Read More ›

Celebrating Our Voices During National Poetry Month

The Schomburg Center's Public Programs Pre-Professional, Jamara Wakefield, shares what inspires her as a spoken word artist in honor of April's National Poetry Month.Read More ›

Schomburg Center To Receive Prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service

We are excited to announce that the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will receive the National Medal for Museum and Library Service at a celebration in Washington, D.C., in May! The Schomburg Center is among ten recipients of the National Medal, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries, in recognition of service to the community and for making a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Read More ›

New Biography on Journalist Ethel Payne Available at the Schomburg Gift Shop

Great news: James McGrath Morris's new biography on journalist Ethel Payne, Eye on the Struggle, is now available in the Schomburg Gift Shop! Read More ›

Schomburg Treasures: The Menu Collection

The Schomburg Center's menu collection is now available in the NYPL's Digital Collections.Read More ›

Top Sellers at the Schomburg Gift Shop

Looking for something great to read? The Schomburg Gift Shop has got you covered. Read More ›

Remembering the Women of Slavery

The Director of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture shares her keynote address to the UN General Assembly on Women and Slavery.Read More ›
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