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Welcoming James Brown to Nigeria, 1970 Photograph by Richard Saunders

Curators' Choice: Black Life Matters

The exhibition galleries are open Monday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Curators’ Choice: Black Life Matters launches the Schomburg Center’s 90th anniversary year with an eclectic array of rarely seen collection materials that affirm the Schomburg’s mission to document and preserve black life, history, and culture. The curator of each research division presents selections that engage audiences with the rich matter of black life and cultural production—from documentary films to children’s books, from handwritten letters to historical audio recordings and LPs, from photographs to lithographs, and much more.

Main Exhibition Hall: Richard Saunders: A Bit of Life (Curated By: Mary Yearwood, Curator, Photographs and Prints Division), Digging in the Vault (Curated By: Tammi Lawson, Assistant Curator, Art and Artifacts Division), Epistolary Lives: Letters Written by Black Gays and Lesbians (Curated By: Steven G. Fullwood, Assistant Curator, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division)

Latimer/Edison Gallery: Telling the Stories of the Black Experience to Children: There is work to be done! (Curated By: Maira Liriano, Associate Chief Librarian, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division), Evidence of Things Un*Seen (Curated By: Shola Lynch, Curator, Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division).

This exhibition is a mere introduction to the vast collections at the Schomburg Center, where every month is Black History Month. We hope this Curators’ Choice exhibition inspires you to visit the library and dig deeper into the history that resides here.

February 2nd, 2015 - August 15th, 2015 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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Featured Video

King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis

Originally produced as a one-night-only special in 1970, King: A Filmed Record...Montgomery to Memphis is a moving documentary centered in the heart of the Civil Rights struggle that follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, and features rare footage interspersed with scenes featuring high-profile supporters and opponents, and heartfelt testimonials by some of Hollywood's biggest stars. Excerpts from King are projected on a wall in the Latimer/Edison Gallery as part of this exhibition.

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