What do the suburbs teach us about the black experience, family ideals, community and racial identity? How is the myth of the American Dream complicated by the African American suburban experience? These and other questions are explored in our new exhibition, Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson, co-presented by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and curated by James Levy of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This exhibition travels through Hempstead, New York; Shaker Heights, Ohio; Compton and Baldwin Hills, California; and other American suburbs. The collection features photographs, letters, property deeds, personal interviews, artifacts and compelling archival film footage that trace a twentieth century narrative of migration and community building that reveals a rich tapestry of contradictions and the persistence of hope.
The exhibition galleries are open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., unless there is a previously scheduled program or event at the same time and preventing access to the space.
October 1st, 2015 - January 2nd, 2016 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Watch highlights from our discussion with leading scholars, journalists and activists on the impact of geography on racial dynamics in America. Perceptions of "suburbia" have been challenged recently as suburbs such as Ferguson, Missouri, have become sites of major policing controversies that have resulted in community uprisings.
#BlackSuburbia Across The U.S.
What does it mean for African Americans to be a suburban people? Join the discussion and help make the map. Tell us your story at #BlackSuburbia. We'll pin new suburbs here every week. Come back to see how America is changing. Brought to you by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Featured Blog Post
In honor of our new exhibition, Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson, we explore segregation in one of the most popular suburban neighborhoods in the U.S.—Hempstead, New York.
Award-winning filmmaker Jordan Crafton explores the present-day black experience on Long Island in his powerful documentary, My Block: Strong Island Part 2. Crafton interweaves historical reflection with interviews of Long Island residents, inspired by stories in Hofstra University's Suburban Oral History Project. These narratives personalize the reality of suburban segregation and its consequences.
Featured personalities in the film include NBA Hall of Famer JuliusRead More ›
- Monday November 16, 2015, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
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