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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 ›

Schomburg Teen Curators Visit the Lenfest Center for the Arts

This month, Schomburg Teen Curators visited the Uptown exhibition at the Lenfest Center for the Arts in Harlem, New York. Read More ›

"Get Out" Reading and Viewing List

As Get Out was recently released on DVD, what better time than now to unpack the many layers and images in the film with NYPL’s resources: some of which are available at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and others may be found at NYPL’s research and branch libraries. 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 ›

The Schomburg Teen Curators Present: "Unshackled Ink"

Schomburg Teen Curator Justin Rodriguez writes about being a Teen Curator and helping create their new exhibition.Read More ›

LGBT Icon Storme DeLarverie’s Personal Collection Comes to the Schomburg

The Schomburg Center for Research of Black Culture recently acquired a collection from performer and gay rights activist, Storme DeLarverie.Read More ›

New Federal Theatre: A Brief History

The New Federal Theatre was founded in 1970. From its inception to today, the Theatre is as an iconic performance space for many widely recognized African-American actors, directors, and playwrights. 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 ›

Listen Up! Podcasts from the Lapidus Center

New ideas, enlightening conversations, cutting-edge research, tomorrow's trends: it's all here in the podcast series from the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery. Listen to our visiting scholars as they share their knowledge and passions. These exclusive interviews explore a world of fascinating topics.Read More ›

The Schomburg Center Acquires Renowned Literary Icon James Baldwin's Papers

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has acquired the personal archive of literary icon and social critic James Baldwin. Born in Harlem during the Harlem Renaissance, Baldwin’s contemplations on American race relations in both prose and poetry made him one of the most respected and sought-after writers and public intellectuals of his time.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 ›

Podcast #157: Women's and Girls' Lives Matter

An extraordinary group of women who are on the front lines of the fight for bettering the lives for young black women and girls across the country gathered at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture this International Women's Day to highlight the roles, needs, and contributions of black women and girls in the context of the Black Lives Matter Movement moment.Read More ›

The Schomburg Legacy Lives On: The Genius of Deborah Willis

In honor of International Women's Day, we honor former Schomburg Center Photographs and Prints Division curator, Dr. Deborah Willis. In this interview, Dr. Willis discusses the BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: Reinventions: Strains of Histories and Cultures conference, her photography work, and her pioneering work at The Schomburg Center. 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 ›

NYPL Podcast #153: Civil Rights Journeys Across Generations

For this week's episode of The New York Public Library Podcast, we highlight discussions presented by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture on two documentaries about icons Maya Angelou and John Lewis. Read More ›

The Quotable W. E. B. Du Bois

Over the course of his long life, Du Bois wrote several books, most notably The Souls of Black Folk and Black Reconstruction in America, and he was the founding editor of The Crisis, the magazine of the NAACP and the oldest black publication in the world, for nearly 25 years.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 ›

Schomburg Treasures: WPA Photographs

The Schomburg Center's collection of WPA photographs is now available on the NYPL's Digital Collections site.Read More ›
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