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Posts from the Schomburg General Research and Reference Division

Live From the Reading Room: The Early Life of Jean Blackwell Hutson

In honor of her 103rd birthday, we celebrate the life and pioneering work of former Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture librarian, archivist, and Chief, Jean Blackwell Hutson. Mrs. Hutson's biographer, Sharon Fitzgerald, talks about the early life and career of Mrs. Hutson.Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Ella Baker to Potential Members of the NAACP

In this 1943 letter, civil rights icon Ella Baker sends a passionate plea for potential members for the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) for a variety of planned initiatives on behalf of the organization. Makiba Foster, our Assistant Chief Librarian, reads the letter aloud.Read More ›

Nelson Mandela Resource Guide

In celebration of Mandela Day, and what would have been his 99th birthday, we honor the South African activist and former President Nelson Mandela with this resource guide.Read More ›

Presenting…The Black Power Resource Guide

Amanda Belantara, Schomburg Center Pre-Professional in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, writes about our new Black Power Resource Guide, an essential guide culled from library resources that commemorate the Black Power movement.Read More ›

Celebrating African Americans in Fashion

On February 27, 2017, Model Behavior, a program featuring a talk between, Pat Cleveland and Coco Mitchell, two legendary African American models, was held at the Schomburg Center. The conversation, moderated by author and fashion industry expert Constance C.R. White, was held in conjunction with FIT’s exhibit Black Fashion Designers that runs through May 16, 2017. Read More ›

Schomburg Center Research Guide: Dr. Maya Angelou

In honor of National Poetry Month, and what would have been her 89th birthday, we celebrate the life and work of, Dr. Maya Angelou, with this Research Guide. Here, you will find an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to the work and life of this notable poet, writer, journalist, actress, and dancer.Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Julian Mayfield to Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis

In this letter to friends, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Julian Mayfield discusses his work on a play, world news in Ghana, and a discussion with Malcolm X. Read More ›

Schomburg Research Guide: Katherine Dunham

New! This series of Schomburg Center Research Guides will provide you with resources related to various topics and subjects related to the Global Black Experience. This research guide will provide you with an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to Black dance pioneer, Katherine Dunham. Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Nelson Mandela to Niki Iris Xaba

Oscar award winning rapper, and actor, Common, recites this heartfelt letter written by Nelson Mandela, to his sister-in-law, Niki Iris Xaba, about family, prison, and his love for then wife, Winnie Mandela. Read More ›

Schomburg Research Guide: Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA)

New! This series of Schomburg Center Research Guides will provide you with resources related to various topics and subjects related to the Global Black Experience. This research guide will provide you with an overview of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s holdings related to Marcus Garvey and the Universal Negro Improvement Association. Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Langston Hughes to E. Ethelred Brown

Robert G. O’Meally, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Director of the Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University recites this letter about faith composed by Harlem Renaissance poet and novelist, Langston Hughes, to Jamaican born Harlem preacher E. Ethelred Brown. Read More ›

'Loving' and the History of Anti-Miscegenation Laws in Virginia and Washington

In honor of the theatrical release of Loving this Friday, Shakeya Hughes, the Schomburg Center's Communications Pre-Professional, writes about the importance of the Loving v. Virginia case in black history.Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Claudia Jones to Eslanda Robeson

This podcast episode recited by Carole Boyce Davies features a lively letter between friends and colleagues: Claudia Jones and Eslanda Robeson. Read More ›

Black Lives Black Motorists

Within our contemporary climate of #BlackLivesMatter, The Green Book guides deserve continued discussion of their value as not only a practical travel resource for their time, but also as a survival guide. Read More ›

Black Aesthetics: Revisiting 'From Dapper to Dope' and Considering Black Style Traditions

To centralize the experiences and creative worlds of black people in portraits, paintings, literature, and poetry is to engage in black aesthetics. Black aesthetics extend, too, to fashion and personal style.Read More ›

Ep. 39 "Working Together for the Common Good" | Library Stories

As he prepares for the release of his documentary on The Green Books, Calvin hopes to share with current and future generations the impact that a small group of people can have when they come together to create a resource for the common good.Read More ›

Black Dance at the Schomburg: A Visual History

The language of dance as told by black people through photographs in our Digital Collections.Read More ›

Black Dance at the Schomburg: The Black Iris Project

On July 14 The Black Iris Project will perform Madiba—a dance piece based on the life and legacy of humanitarian and anti-apartheid activist, Nelson “Madiba” Mandela. The performance is set to an original score by black classical composer Carman Moore.Read More ›

Live From the Reading Room: Ada "Bricktop" Smith to Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong

Today’s episode features a letter from jazz singer, dancer, and nightclub owner Ada Smith, jazz trumpeter, composer, singer, and "auto-archivist" Louis Armstrong.Read More ›

Celebrating Queer Voices in Black Music History

Housed in our vast collection of materials and resources on black LGBTQ identity, which includes the In The Life Archive, are the portrait collections of blues singers Gertrude Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, and Bessie Smith in the Photographs and Prints Division.Read More ›
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