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The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture advances the knowledge of the global black experience through dynamic programs and exhibitions. 

 

 

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Sat, March 25
@ 1 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Piecing Me Together: Author Talk with Renee Watson
Join the Schomburg Junior Scholars Program and author Renee Watson for a conversation on her book, Piecing Me Together. Book Description: Jade believes she must get out of her poor neighborhood if she's ever going to succeed. Her mother tells her to take advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. And she has. She accepted a scholarship to a mostly-white private school and even Saturday morning test prep opportunities. But some opportunities feel more demeaning than helpful—like an invit…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureTeens/Young Adults (13-18 years)
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 Culture
JCC Manor Road
Adults
Wed, March 29
@ 6:30 p.m.
Visually Speaking: Lina Viktor and Amy Sall
Guest curator and moderator Ja'nell Nequeva Ajani introduces artist Lina Viktor, whose practice is described as a “merging of photography, performance, and abstract painting,” in conversation with Amy Sall, New School Lecturer and Founding Editor of SUNU: Journal of African Affairs, Critical Thought + Aesthetics. Through both their practices, the two will discuss Colonial ethnographic imagery versus the work of contemporary West & Central African portrait photographers, neocolonial systems,…
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
Wed, April 5
@ 2 p.m.
Live from the Archive: Holding History with Charles L. Blockson
Temple University's The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection is one of the nation's leading research facilities for the study of the history and culture of people of African descent. For this installment of our Live from the Archive series, we are excited to welcome Charles L. Blockson, the creator of the collection, and a leading historian, bibliophile, and collector, who, along with Miranda Mims (Archivist in our Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division), will explore rare books,…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, American Negro TheatreAdults
Wed, April 5
@ 6:30 p.m.
#OneBookNY Culturalists In Conversation
The Schomburg Center is excited to partner with the Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment on the new “One Book, One New York” initiative, in which residents of all five boroughs are encouraged to read the selected book, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (available in the Schomburg Center collections and for purchase at the Schomburg Shop). “One Book, One New York” is the largest community read in the nation, and the city’s first ever reading program in which bookworms in New York ca…
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
Thu, April 6
@ 6 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Black Athletes and the Freedom Struggle
From Muhammad Ali to the Williams sisters, the symbolic politics of black athletes have galvanized the black revolt for social justice. In this edition of our Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series, Johnny Smith examines the complicated blood brotherhood between Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Malcolm X, while Jennifer Lansbury explores the criminally neglected history of black women champions inlcuding Alice Coachman, Althea Gibson, Wilma Rudolph, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Most black athle…
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, 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
Mon, April 17
@ 6:30 p.m.
Rewind: 'Best of' Film Series
As part of the Schomburg's rich history of collecting and preserving 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. SCREENING SCHEDULE April 17: A Moving Image In a world of uncertainty an…
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 preserving 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. SCREENING SCHEDULE April 17: A Moving Image In a world of uncertainty an…
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 preserving 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. SCREENING SCHEDULE April 17: A Moving Image In a world of uncertainty an…
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
Fri, May 5
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
First Fridays: Bad Boy Records Edition
For this month’s First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering, we’re paying homage to the golden age of hip-hop and R&B, the genre’s diverse formative years, and the lasting impact of Bad Boy Entertainment (also known as Bad Boy Records), an American record label founded in 1993 by Sean “Diddy” Combs. Guests are invited to mix and mingle in the Langston Hughes Lobby and enjoy our signature drinks while grooving to beats by DJ Sylk, We’’ll also be celebrating the birthday of the ultim…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Fri, June 2
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
First Fridays: Black Gay Pride Edition
Inspired by the Schomburg Center’s In The Life Archive, a collection of items documenting the black LBGT experience, we’re proud to present our annual Black Gay Pride Edition, in honor of the LGBT pride celebrations that are held nationally each June. Join us as we celebrate our great LGBT pioneers and In The Life Archive! We invite you to enjoy our signature drinks and head to our “dancefloor” in the Langston Hughes Lobby, where DJ Missy B and Craig Nice will be spinning tracks, while DJ Frank…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults

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