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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 ›

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 ›

Remembering Sculptor Houston Conwill (1947-2016)

Tammi Lawson, Associate Curator of our Art and Artifacts Division, writes a touching tribute to late sculptor Houston Conwill, whose famous Cosmogram is one of the most asked-about pieces at the Schomburg Center.Read More ›

Farewell to Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor and Gloria Naylor

This past fall, the world lost two influential African American women writers: Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor and Gloria Naylor. Read More ›

Live from the Reading Room: Jean-Léon Destiné to Lavinia Williams

Live from the Reading Room: Correspondence is a podcast series that aims to share interesting and engaging letters written by or to key historical figures from the African Diaspora.Read More ›

Learn More about this Semester's Schomburg Center Pre-Professionals

Steven G. Fullwood, Associate Curator in our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division, and Manager of the Schomburg Center's BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program, highlights this semester's group of inspiring pre-professionals who are working to curate, document, promote, and maintain our brand and narrative.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 ›

The American Dream Reimagined: A Review of 'Behold the Dreamers'

Donnaley Gonez, the Schomburg Center's Public Programs Pre-Professional, writes about the importance of the African immigrant narrative explored in Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue, whose novel was the subject of our October 2016 "Between the Lines" program:

Imbolo Mbue’s critically acclaimed book, Behold the Dreamers, illuminates the conflicts many immigrants face, and the perceptions they have about the American Dream. In telling the story of a Cameroonian 

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Black Ballots Mixtape

Black Ballots Mixtape presents audio selections from items housed in the Schomburg Center's Moving Image and Recorded Sound division. In collaboration with the Schomburg Center's Black Ballots event, this playlist collects several excerpts from speeches related to black people and voting. 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 ›
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