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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037-1801
(917) 275-6975

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    Get information about current and past exhibitions at the Schomburg

  • Africana Age The Black World in the 20th Century: challenges, tragedies, and triumphs.

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    Digital Schomburg Access to information, interpretation and scholarship on the global black experience.

  • In Motion: The African-American Migration Experience

    Documents 400 years of migrations

  • Collections

    Library materials are housed in five collection divisions, according to format

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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life—in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.

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Upcoming Events

6 p.m. "Celebrate Sonia!" The 80th Birthday Celebration for Sonia Sanchez
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
6:30 p.m. Ordinary People: Alexis De Veaux
Friday, October 3, 2014
6 p.m. Fall Open House & First Fridays: Black Mecca, Collective Memory
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
6:30 p.m. Between the Lines: Charles Blow
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:30 p.m. Between the Lines: George Clinton
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