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Mon, January 23
@ 7 p.m.
Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Michael Olatuja & Lagos Pepper Soup
Nigerian bassist Michael Olatuja and his new group, Lagos Pepper Soup, perform a funky mix of jazz, R&B, gospel, and soul. Olatuja’s music is inspired by the musical and spiritual journeys that have taken him from Nigeria to New York. Listeners will get a taste of Lagos Pepper Soup when the group releases its eponymous album later this year. Watch this performance LIVE on ABCNews.com. @SchomburgCenter #MichaelOlatuja This program is co-presented by Carnegie Hall. First come, first seate…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, January 25
@ 6 p.m.
Basic Research 101 - Were Africans the First Americans?
In the ever expanding information universe finding the right information can be like locating the proverbial needle in a haystack. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. In Basic Research 101 you will get an introduction to everything you need to know to satisfy your information needs. We will research an interesting topic (like the one above) to help you learn where to look for the information you need, how to navigate catalogs, databases and websites, and how to evaluate what you find. Topics wi…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, January 25
@ 6:30 p.m.
Black Power 50 Talks: Yohuru Williams and Bryan Shih
Photojournalist Bryan Shih and historian Yohuru Williams explore the history of the Black Panther Party (BPP), alongside portraits of former Panther members as they are today, in the stunning book, The Black Panthers: Portraits from an Unfinished Revolution. Shih and Williams will share their experiences unearthing less often told stories of rank-and-file BPP members and reflect on the history of the organization. A book signing will follow. @SchomburgCenter #BlackPower50 First come, first se…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, January 26
@ 12 noon
Lapidus Talks @ Noon: The Transatlantic Muslim Diaspora to Latin America in the 19th Century
Speaker: Philip Misevich, PhD, Assistant Professor of History at St. John’s University, Lapidus Center Fellow African Muslims were present in almost every region of the Americas during the 19th century. The names of Africans rescued from slave ships provide us with valuable clues to their migration patterns across the Atlantic. These data suggest that, at the time while most West Africans came from the bights of Benin and Biafra, the majority of Muslims left from Upper Guinea. @SchomburgCente…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, January 26
@ 7 p.m.
Dear President: What You Need to Know About Race in America
“Dear President: What You Need To Know About Race” is WNYC’s post-election series of first-person radio essays by leading black thinkers, writers and activists exploring a broad range of personal truths about being black in America to help set a new agenda for racial equality. Join us for an evening of micro-conversations, hosted by WNYC's Rebecca Carroll, featuring a stand-up comedy performance by Khalid Rahmaan. CONVERSATIONS LINEUP: Micro-Conversation 1: That Extra Work We Do As Black Folk…

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, January 30
@ 9 a.m.
From Timbuktu to Timbuctoo: A Workshop for Teachers
Timbuktu, Mali: A famous center of Islamic learning from the 13th to the 17th century. Timbuctoo, New Jersey: A village founded in 1826 by free African Americans and runaways. Between Timbuktu and Timbuctoo: centuries of slave trade and slavery, and resistance to both. The West African empires of Mali and Songhai, including the city of Timbuktu, form a part of New York State’s core curriculum “World History” and “Geography” (units 2 and 3) and New York City’s core curriculum in “Global His…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, January 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Visually Speaking: Adger Cowans and C. Danny Dawson
Adger Cowans will debut Personal Vision, a monograph of original photography spanning over 40 years. Arts educator and photographer C. Danny Dawson will journey with Cowans through his career as a veteran movie still photographer, renowned fine arts photographer, and a painter whose works have been shown by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, International Museum of Photography, Museum of Modern Art, and The Studio Museum of Harlem. Curated by Terrence Jennings. Watch on livestream. @SchomburgCe…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, January 31
@ 6:30 p.m.
Films @ the Schomburg
Birth of a Movement: The Battle Against America’s First Blockbuster
Narrated by actor/director Danny Glover, Birth of a Movement is the largely untold story of African-American newspaperman William Monroe Trotter and filmmaker D.W. Griffith, and their battle over the release of America’s first blockbuster film – Birth of a Nation. Birth of a Movement is the story of a forgotten turning point in the long struggle for equality, and in recounting the story it explores the conflicts that are still in play as the nation continues to wrestle with its racial legacy. A…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, February 2
@ 6 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Black Power at 50
Kicking off our winter 2017 Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series, this program will examine several dimensions of Black Power then and now. Jamala Rogers (author, Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion) will explain Black Power as a protracted struggle against police brutality and killer cops from Newark in 1967 to Ferguson in the present. With photography, Mark Speltz (author, North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South) will present a visual history of the black freedom…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
Book Lovers
Fri, February 3
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
Black Power Poetry Slam/Open Mic Edition
As a prelude to our upcoming Black Power 50 exhibitions, the Schomburg Center and To Whom We May Concern present a special Black Power Poetry Slam/Open Mic edition of First Fridays. Combining DJ & open mic sets, Dj IRS will provide the soundtrack to this edition of our popular monthly social gathering, where you'll be able to groove the night away and enjoy our signature drinks. Plus, Kevin Young, the new director of the Schomburg, will give the opening remarks, so come early! Performers:…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, February 9
@ 6:30 p.m.
Talks at the Schomburg
Women’s and Girls’ Lives Matter
Join us for a close look at the roles, needs, and contributions of black women and girls in the context of the Black Lives Matter Movement moment. Nikole Hannah-Jones moderates a conversation with Monique W. Morris, author of Pushout, Monifa Bandele, VP and Chief Partnership & Diversity Officer at MomsRising, and Kimberlé W. Crenshaw, renowned author, civil rights advocate, and founding scholar of Critical Race Theory. A book signing will follow. Watch on livestream. @SchomburgCenter #Pu…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, February 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Films @ the Schomburg
Get In the Way: The Journey of John Lewis
“Sometimes you have to disturb people’s sense of tranquility and create a little noise,” according to Congressman John Lewis. This documentary, which began production 20 years ago, shows the lasting influences on Lewis’s commitment to social justice, human rights, and civil rights. His leadership at the age of 23 in 1963 inspired the activism of some of today’s key figures, including Arva Rice, President and CEO of the New York Urban League (NYUL). Following the screening, Rice will be in conve…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Sat, February 18
@ 10 a.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Black Lives Matter Teen Conference
The Schomburg Junior Scholars invite youth (grades 5-12) from across the city to join them for a day long teen conference exploring the impact of the Black Lives Matter Movement on the youth of today. The day will include activist teach-ins, youth-led panel discussions, teen performances, and interactive arts and media workshops. This event is presented in collaboration with Schomburg Education’s Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series and the Junior Scholars Program. @SchomburgCenter #BL…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years),
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years)
Mon, February 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect
Amidst a moment of vibrant reimaginings of August Wilson’s work, both on stage and screen, this conversation will contemplate the meaning of his work and legacy, explore the practice of contemporary practitioners of stage and screen craft, and imagine the future of the trajectory of black storytelling. Producer Kamilah Forbes, playwright Chisa Hutchinson, and writer, actor, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux participate in a conversation moderated by Professor and Director of the August Wilso…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, February 21
@ 6:30 p.m.
After Death, A Psychological Coup
Commemorating the Assassination of El-Hajj Malik El Shabazz/ Malcolm X Malcolm X wrote that Fidel Castro “achieved a psychological coup over the U.S. State Department when it confined him to Manhattan, never dreaming that he’d stay uptown in Harlem and make such an impression among the Negroes.” In collaboration with the Malcolm X Museum, this program will explore the impact of Malcolm X’s invitation to Fidel Castro on liberation movements in the African diaspora, and in today’s social climate…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, February 23
@ 12 noon
Lapidus Talks @ Noon: Afro-Iberians as Black European Sailors, Soldiers, Travelers, and Traders in the Spanish Empire During the 1500s and 1600s
Speaker: Leo Garofalo, Associate Professor of History, Connecticut College From 1471 to 1700, enslaved and free Africa- and Europe-born African people made up perhaps 20% of southern Iberia’s urban populations. As sailors, soldiers, traders, artisans, and servants, they became part of Spanish expansion into the Americas and Asia, and raiding and trading in Africa. Archival documents from the 1530s to 1680s reveal struggles for survival by individuals and families in a branch of the African Dias…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, February 23
@ 6:30 p.m.
Between the Lines
Adrian Miller
Join us for a conversation featuring Adrian Miller, author of The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families from the Washingtons to the Obamas, a delightful, fascinating, and entertaining work uncovering anecdotes, recipes, and littleknown insights about the lives of both black presidential chefs and the presidents they served. A book signing will follow the discussion. @SchomburgCenter #POTUSKitchenCabinet First come, first seated For fr…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
Book Lovers
Mon, February 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
Talks at the Schomburg
Model Behavior with Pat Cleveland and Bethann Hardison
Inspired by Pat Cleveland’s memoir, Walking with The Muses, this program celebrates the audacity of fashion trailblazers Cleveland and Bethann Hardison, while exploring paths taken by black models, designers, and industry insiders to render visible diverse aesthetics found in communities of color around the world. They paved the way for a new generation of black slayage on and off the runway. Presented in partnership with the Fashion Institute of Technology and their latest exhibition, “Black F…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Fri, March 3
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
Little Havana/Afro-Cuban Edition
In honor of Arturo Schomburg's Afro-Latino heritage and dedication to collecting materials that celebrate the African Diaspora experience, the Schomburg Center and Conjunto Guantánamo are excited to present the "Little Havana/Afro-Cuban" edition of First Fridays. Enjoy our signature drinks, and groove the night away with a mix of heartthumping beats and live band sets at our popular monthly social gathering! The evening's band will be the sizzling ambassadors of Cuban folkflore, Conjunto Guantá…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults

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