Talks at the Schomburg: When Sugar Hill Was Sweet: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

Date and Time
September 22, 2016
Event Details

This engaging discussion will pay tribute to the dynamic women of 409 and 555 Edgecombe, some of whom history has been relegated to the background, eclipsed by the famous men they married. These influential people include Shirley Graham Du Bois, Dr. Mamie Phipps Clarke, Louise Thompson-Patterson, and Eslanda Goode Robeson. Rosemari Mealy, J.D., Ph.D. will be in conversation with Tina Campt, Ph.D., MaryLouise Patterson, M.D., and Karen D. Taylor, M.F.A.  A pop-up exhibition will also be featured.

The discussion will be followed by a book signing of Letters from Langston: From the Harlem Renaissance to the Red Scare and Beyond, an indispensable volume of letters between Hughes and four confidants—one of whom was Louise Thompson-Patterson, mother of MaryLouise Patterson. Letters from Langston collects the stories of Hughes and his friends in an era of uncertainty and reveals their visions of an idealized world—one without hunger, war, racism, and class oppression.    

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First come, first seated

For 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.


Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center. 


Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc.) at least 24 hours before the day of the program to Angela Montefinese at

Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.