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  • A Tribute to Harry Bayard Duggins

    September 3, 2014 to September 13, 2014

    Born in Harlem, Harry Bayard Duggins was a singer, dancer, illustrator and designer who volunteered with the Minority Task on AIDS in the 1980s. To honor this Harlemite’s life’s work, a small exhibition of items testifying to his artistic and activist sensibility will be on display for a 

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  • Donald Andrew Agarrat: Harlem Photographer

    March 28, 2014 to September 13, 2014

  • Writing Blackness: Harlem | Paris

    June 25, 2014 to August 10, 2014

    Writing Blackness: Harlem | Paris is an exploration of the Harlem Renaissance through the Schomburg Center collection. The exhibit was inspired by the function of the literary salons as a convening physical space where dialogue and exchange of ideas was fostered among intellectuals and cultural Read More ›
  • On the Road to Integration: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

    May 6, 2014 to July 26, 2014

    Curated by the members of the BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program, On the Road to Integration: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education explores the moments before and after the legendary ruling. 

    The Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of 

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  • Motown: The Truth Is A Hit

    February 1, 2014 to July 26, 2014

  • Phenomenal Woman: Maya Angelou, 1928–2014

    May 30, 2014 to June 30, 2014

    “You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”– Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an 

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  • Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution

    February 5, 2014 to June 14, 2014

    From 1900 to 1960, Hollywood’s greatest animators and biggest studios produced more than 600 cartoon shorts featuring black characters. These films reflected the racial stereotypes of the pre–Civil Rights Era, portraying blacks as less than human and as minstrel caricatures. It wasn’t 

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  • The Deep South–Then & Now

    February 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014

    This exhibition showcases 25 contemporary images taken by photographer Kenneth B. Goldberg when he visited some of the landmark places of the Civil Rights Movement. 

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  • A Lighthouse in New York

    September 27, 2013 to March 15, 2014

    Photographer: Austin HansenThis exhibit commemorates 80 years since the founding of the Antigua and Barbuda Progressive Society, which has dedicated itself to the principle of cultivating and promoting social and intellectual activities as well as providing charitable assistance to its 

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  • Black Powered: Amiri Baraka In Memoriam (Pop-up Exhibit)

    February 4, 2014 to February 10, 2014


    Amiri Baraka’s writing career spans over nearly 50 years and has mostly focused on the subjects of black liberation and white racism. Today, a number of well-known poems, short stories, plays, and commentaries on society, music, and literature are associated with his name. A few of 

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