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  • Breaking the Barriers: The ATA and Black Tennis Pioneers

    September 6, 2013 to January 4, 2014

    Breaking the Barriers explores the history of the American Tennis Association (ATA), the oldest African-American oriented sport association in the country. It was founded in a time when the United States Tennis Association was not open to African-American participation. The ATA provided the 

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  • Claiming Citizenship: African Americans and New Deal Photography

    September 6, 2013 to January 4, 2014

    The New Deal-era photographs in Claiming Citizenship illustrate a number of ways that African Americans took opportunities opened up by the New Deal to claim their status as citizens, in some ways laying foundations for the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibition—curated by Rickie 

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  • Schomburg Collects WPA Artists 1935-1943

    September 6, 2013 to January 4, 2014

    Sunday Promenade by Hale WoodruffSchomburg Collects WPA Artists 1935 - 1943 highlights the work of visual, literary, and performing black artists. It presents founder Arturo Schomburg's commitment to establish and preserve a black art collection as well as the artists’ responses to America's 

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  • The Struggle for Justice: Nelson Mandela, A Tribute

    December 6, 2013 to December 21, 2013

    Nelson Mandela in 1937

    The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building will commemorate the legacy of Nelson Mandela with a special pop-up exhibition.

    The Struggle for Justice: Nelson Mandela, A Tribute celebrates his lifelong dedication 

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  • The Struggle For Justice: Nelson Mandela, A Tribute

    December 7, 2013 to December 21, 2013

    The New York Public Library joins the world in mourning the loss of Nelson Mandela, whose inspiring leadership was unique in the 20th century and into our present age. He seemed to achieve the miraculous in avoiding a civil war in South Africa and bringing an end to apartheid, setting an example 

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  • Pop-Up Exhibit: March '63

    August 28, 2013 to August 31, 2013

    Join us as we commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington with this special pop-up exhibit. See rare pieces from our collection, from photographs to copies of the Green Book (also known as

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  • Africans In India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers

    February 1, 2013 to August 3, 2013


    Over the centuries, East Africans have greatly distinguished themselves in India as generals, commanders, admirals, architects, prime ministers, and rulers. They have written a story unparalleled in the rest of the world: that of enslaved Africans attaining the pinnacle of military 

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    July 15, 2013 to July 27, 2013

    Nelson Mandela in 1937Extended!


    The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will mark Nelson Mandela’s birthday and Nelson Mandela International Day (July 18) with six days of commemoration. 

    Mandela: A Celebration is a special exhibit celebrating his 

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  • Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color

    April 19, 2013 to July 27, 2013


    Born in Boston in 1905 and trained at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Loïs Mailou Jones began her career at a time when racial prejudices and gender discrimination were strong in American culture. This exhibition surveys the vast sweep of Jones’s seventy-five years as 

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  • Visualizing Emancipation

    October 11, 2012 to March 16, 2013

    To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Schomburg presents 171 pre– and post–Civil War era photographs of enslaved and free black women, men, and children. The images record the presence of black soldiers and black workers in the American South and help the 

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