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Thu, March 2
@ 6 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: The Intersectional Black Panther History Project
DESCRIPTION The Intersectional Black Panther History Project is changing the leading man narrative and highlighting the stories of women’s struggles inside the revolution. This conversation about the Black Panthers will be led by Angela LeBlanc Ernest (The Most Qualified Person to Handle the Job: Black Panther Party Women, 1966-1982), Robyn Spencer (Associate Professor of History at Lehman College, City University of New York), Mary Phillips (The City University of New York (CUNY)-…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
50+,
College & Graduate Students,
Teachers,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Adults,
Teachers
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 folklore, Conjunto Guantán…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Sat, March 4
@ 2 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Schomburg Junior Scholars and Urban Word NYC Present: American/Unknown
The Schomburg Center Junior Scholars and Urban Word NYC are proud to celebrate the release of American/Unknown, the debut book of poetry by Junior Scholar alum Nkosi Nkululeko. Described by Jericho Brown as "a beautiful book of surreal lines that cut into the heart,” American/Unknown is the first title by Nkululeko, who has completed the Callaloo, Watering Hole and Conscious Language Fellowships in creative writing and the dramatic arts. He is a member of the I Sell the Shadow Collective and has…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
Book Lovers
Mon, March 6
@ 7 p.m.
Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are criti…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, March 7
@ 6:30 p.m.
Lapidus Center Presents: Enslaved Women and the Ethical Practice of History
In the 18th century, Bridgetown, Barbados was heavily populated by both enslaved and free women. Marisa J. Fuentes, author of Dispossessed Lives: Enslaved Women, Violence, and the Archive, takes us through the streets of Bridgetown with a runaway; inside a brothel run by a freed woman of color; to the gallows where enslaved people were executed; and within violent scenes of women’s punishments. In the process, she interrogates the archive to expose the ongoing effects of white colonial power tha…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, March 8
@ 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. Monique W. Morris, author of Pushout, will be in conversation with Monifa Bandele, VP and Chief Partnership & Diversity Officer at MomsRising, and Vivian Anderson, a leader within Black Lives Matter NYC and Director of Every Black Girl Inc. A book signing will follow. Watch on livestream. @SchomburgCenter #Pushout First come, first seated F…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, March 9
@ 12 noon
Lapidus Talks @ Noon: Illegal Trade in Human Flesh: Illicit Slave Trading in the Atlantic World, 1833-1867
Speaker: Lewis Eliot, PhD Candidate, University of South Carolina Abolition in the British Caribbean has been celebrated as a vital cornerstone in the ending of slavery in the Atlantic basin. The realities of life for the now free Afro-Caribbean people, however, remained dangerous, given the consistent threat of re-enslavement from slavers from Latin America, Caribbean pirates, and nefarious people traffickers. This talk will examine the ramifications of this trade for the imperial governments…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Sat, March 11
@ 1 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
CANCELED: Citizen: An American Lyric Teen Talk presented by Schomburg Junior Scholars and Urban Word NYC
We regret to inform you that this program has been canceled, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We hope to see you at another Schomburg program soon! The Schomburg Junior Scholars Program and Urban Word NYC join forces to produce this teen-centered creative examination of Claudia Rankin’s award-winning poetic masterpiece, Citizen: An American Lyric. Reserve your seats here. Priority seating for youth. For school groups and groups larger than 10, please conta…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Mon, March 13
@ 7 p.m.
Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are criti…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, March 15
@ 6:30 p.m.
Films at the Schomburg: The Watermelon Woman
The Watermelon Woman made its debut 30 years ago. Written and directed by Cheryl Dunye, it became the first feature film by a queer African-American woman. The lead character, played by Dunye, finds parallels between herself and 1930s actress Fae Richards, popularly known as “The Watermelon Woman,” a domestic servant stereotype or “Mammy” played by many black women in her time. The film explores the historical exclusion of black queer women working in Hollywood. Dunye will appear in conversation…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, March 16
@ 10:30 a.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Youth Dance Performance: Dancing Through Barriers with Dance Theatre of Harlem
The Dance Theatre of Harlem's Dancing Through Barriers® lecture demonstration and performance is an informal presentation on the art and science of dance. Through engaging commentary and dancing, the audience experiences the rudiments of classical ballet, as well as the building block-training process that allows dancers to achieve excellence in this exacting art form. Priority seating for youth. For school groups and groups larger than 10, please contact schomburged@nypl.org for more inform…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
Mon, March 20
@ 7 p.m.
Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are criti…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, March 27
@ 7 p.m.
Women's Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. "Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!" is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are criti…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, March 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
Visually Speaking: Lina Viktor and Amy Sall
Guest curator and moderator Ja’nell Ajani introduces artist Lina Viktor, whose practice is described as a “merging of photography, performance, and abstract painting,” in conversation with Amy Sall, writer and lecturer in the Culture and Media Studies department at The New School University. Visually Speaking by Founding Curator Terrence Jennings, spotlights recognized and unrecognized photographers of our time and explore the photography’s influence on art, culture, and the urban landscape. W…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, March 30
@ 6:30 p.m.
Lapidus Center Presents: Slavery and Globalization in Arabia
Matthew S. Hopper’s Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire, a finalist for the Frederick Douglass Prize, explores the history of the African diaspora in Arabia in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The book links the personal stories of Africans to the impersonal global commodity chains their labor enabled, demonstrating how the growing demand for workers created by a global demand—including from the United States—for Persian Gulf products led to the ensla…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, April 6
@ 12 noon
Lapidus Talks @ Noon: Atlantic Slaveries: Native American and African Slavery in New England and the Caribbean
Do you have archival materials related to and/or from the Caribbean in your personal collection? Bring them into the Schomburg for this fun-filled workshop with The Caribbean Memory Project! Dawn Cumberbatch and Kevin A. Browne will be with us for a day filled of storytelling, document scanning, and archival collection organizing! @SchomburgCenter #EverydayArchives First come, first seated For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, American Negro TheatreAdults
Fri, April 7
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
Quiet Storm Edition
Inspired by the classic style of music legend Smokey Robinson, whose portrait collection can be viewed here at the Schomburg, this edition of our popular social gathering is turning the clock back to present a sophisticated mix of unforgettable slow jams. "Quiet Storm" was pioneered in the mid-1970s by Melvin Lindsey, while he was an intern at WHUR-FM in Washington DC, and coined after Robinson's 1975 hit single, "A Quiet Storm." Dhalimu from Dhali's Closet will return as your host for the eve…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, April 11
@ 6 p.m.
Schomburg Center Open House: Revival of SOUL
Soul has been used to describe cities, rhythms, collective power, and the ultimate place of change. Visit the Schomburg Center for an institution-wide escapade through the many facets of soul embodied in black experiences archived at the Schomburg over the last 91 years. With performances, conversations, and special exhibits from our five research divisions, we will highlight the sacred, rebellious, and lyrical ways soul has and continues to be displayed through African-American, African Diaspor…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, April 12
@ 6 p.m.
Estate and Gift Planning Seminar
Are you working on your estate plans or need to update them? How can you best provide for family and loved ones while also supporting your favorite charities? Do you understand the probate process or want to avoid it? Are you confused by the continued estate tax changes? Most importantly, what will be your legacy? We are pleased to present an educational seminar for Library patrons and supporters. John Bacon, Director of Planned Giving, will present estate planning concepts in easy-to-und…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
50+,
Parents/Caregivers,
Adults
Mon, April 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
Rewind: Best of Film Series
As part of the Schomburg's rich history of collecting and preserves cinema of or featuring black talent across the African diaspora, we are thrilled to partners with the BlackStar Film Festival, African Film Festival, Inc., and UrbanWorld Film Festival, as we spotlight a selection of narratives from each of these festivals that express diverse global black experiences by emerging and established independent filmmakers. (Pictured: Fredi Washington and Louise Beavers in a scene from the motion p…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Tue, April 18
@ 6:30 p.m.
Rewind: Best of Film Series
As part of the Schomburg's rich history of collecting and preserves cinema of or featuring black talent across the African diaspora, we are thrilled to partners with the BlackStar Film Festival, African Film Festival, Inc., and UrbanWorld Film Festival, as we spotlight a selection of narratives from each of these festivals that express diverse global black experiences by emerging and established independent filmmakers. (Pictured: Fredi Washington and Louise Beavers in a scene from the motion p…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, April 19
@ 6:30 p.m.
Rewind: Best of Film Series
As part of the Schomburg's rich history of collecting and preserves cinema of or featuring black talent across the African diaspora, we are thrilled to partners with the BlackStar Film Festival, African Film Festival, Inc., and UrbanWorld Film Festival, as we spotlight a selection of narratives from each of these festivals that express diverse global black experiences by emerging and established independent filmmakers. (Pictured: Fredi Washington and Louise Beavers in a scene from the motion p…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, April 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
Rewind: Best of Film Series
As part of the Schomburg's rich history of collecting and preserves cinema of or featuring black talent across the African diaspora, we are thrilled to partners with the BlackStar Film Festival, African Film Festival, Inc., and UrbanWorld Film Festival, as we spotlight a selection of narratives from each of these festivals that express diverse global black experiences by emerging and established independent filmmakers. (Pictured: Fredi Washington and Louise Beavers in a scene from the motion p…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, April 24
@ 6:30 p.m.
Lapidus Center Presents: Black Colonists: The African History of the Pre-Sugar Spanish Caribbean
In Atlantic Africa and the Spanish Caribbean, 1570–1640, David Wheat, Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University, depicts the early Spanish Caribbean as an extension of events and patterns established in western Africa and the Atlantic Islands. This new approach illustrates how African forced migrants became de facto colonists in the Spanish Caribbean’s major port cities and their hinterlands. Wheat will be in conversation with historian Herman Bennett, Professor at the Graduate…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, April 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
Harlem Premier: A Hug for Harlem
The Harlem Chamber Players bring Jeff Scott’s momentous piece, A Hug for Harlem, to the Schomburg Center for its Harlem premiere. Scott, who writes what he calls “urban classical music, will draw from his experience composing musical “hugs” to honor personalities or locales. The heartrending A Hug for Harlem fuses strings, winds, percussion and spoken word and is inspired by prolific Harlem Renaissance writers, including Countee Cullen, Zora Neale Hurston, and Wallace Thurman. Grammy-nominated p…

There is an admission charge for this event.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults