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Fall Open House & First Fridays: Black Mecca, Collective Memory

October 3, 2014

The Schomburg’s annual Fall Open House is an opportunity to sample some of the exciting programs taking place at the Schomburg - from guided tours and talks, to performances and live music. The evening will include light refreshments and wine bar by Melba's. Enjoy tours, extended hours in our galleries, and explore two new exhibitions.

Meet Schomburg librarians and archivists and take a journey through the Schomburg collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals, moving image and recorded sound, art and photographs to explore the richness of the history of black urban centers. Cities have always been instrumental in the formation of black collective memory. Black urban enclaves embody multiple meanings that often serve as sources of daily inspiration and motivation, juxtaposed with racial unrest and oppression.

Don't miss the highlight of the evening, poet and publisher jessica Care moore  for a special Fall Open House talk. Detroit native, jessica will present her lively personal narrative about growing up in the motor city and the impact Detroit has had on her life, as well as on other black mecca cities around the world.

jessica Care moore is an internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist, and producer. She is the CEO of Moore Black Press, Executive Producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven Jess Care Moore Foundation.


For all free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.