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Blog Posts by Subject: African American Studies

Honoring the Legacy of Abram Hill, Co-Founder of the American Negro Theatre

Hill continues to be lauded for his capital investment in the development of "Harlem's Little Library Theatre," as well as his cultivation of the black genre of American theater. Read More ›

Ta-Nehisi Coates's Reading List

"Folks who are not familiar with black literature, read this book and read a ton of other books." The following are all the books recommended by Ta-Nehisi Coates during his mesmerizing talk at the Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Podcast #83: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Theft, Atheism, and History

The author of Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates has time and again shown his knack for both historicizing racial inequalities and positioning his interrogation of structural inequalities within lyrical personal narrative. Recently, LIVE from the NYPL presented Coates in conversation with Khalil Gibran Muhammad. 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Occupying Ellis Island: Protests In the Years Between Immigration Station and National Park

Ellis Island is powerfully symbolic in American culture. For many it marks the beginning of their American identity. For Native Americans and African Americans, it became a powerful place to stage a protest in the 1970s.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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Podcast #56: Tavis Smiley on Maya Angelou

Media figure, author, editor, and entrepreneur Smiley appeared at The New York Public Library's Books at Noon. In this episode of the podcast you'll hear Smiley discuss his long friendship with the late Maya Angelou.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 ›

Schomburg Treasures: The Green Book

The full text of the Schomburg Center's collection of The Green Book is now available on NYPL's Digital Collections site.Read More ›

Black Life Matters Feature of the Week: Telling the Stories of the Black Experience to Children

In our final exhibition feature, Maira Liriano, Curator of our Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, discusses the importance of diverse literature, especially for young readers of color.Read More ›
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