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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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Wed, September 28
@ 6:30 p.m.
Between the Lines
Kia Corthron and Margo Jefferson
The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter: A Novel, the first novel by lauded playwright and writer for The Wire, Kia Corthron, sweeps American history from 1941 to the 21st century through the lives of four men—two white brothers from rural Alabama and two black brothers from small town Maryland—whose journey culminates in an explosive and devastating encounter between the two families. Sharing a cultural and literary heritage with Edward P. Jones, Corthron's The Castle Cross the Magnet Carter bridge…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
Book Lovers
Mon, October 3
@ 6:30 p.m.
Visually Speaking: James Barnor
James Barnor is credited with documenting two iconic times in history and being an advocate of diversifying the field of photography. At the age of 17, a camera given to Barnor by his headmaster would serve as a catalyst for his lifelong career as a photographer and photojournalist of changing societies. In his early 20s he created Ever Young, a portrait studio in Jamestown Accra. His photographs documented the transition of Ghana to an independent country, and portrayed Britain’s transition t…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, October 6
@ 6 p.m.
Education @ the Schomburg
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: Northern Organizing and Cultural Renaissance
Three lost narratives in the history of the Black Renaissance will be uncovered this October as part of the Schomburg's popular community education series, "Conversations in Black Freedom Studies." One narrative was explored by Professor Anne Meis Knupfer in her book, The Chicago Black Renaissance and Women’s Activism, which introduces a new generation of readers to black women writers and leaders of the 1930s through the 1950s—from Gwendolyn Brooks to Lorraine Hansberry. These women establish…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults,
College & Graduate Students,
K-12 Educators,
College/Graduate School Educators,
Young Adults/Pre GED (16-24 years),
Fri, October 7
@ 6 p.m.
First Fridays
"Afro Beat" Edition
Join us for our popular monthly social gathering, where there’ll be live music, signature drinks, and opportunity to network with others in the community. This month we’re celebrating the rich sounds of Afro Beat music, birthed by Fela Ransome Kutiat! The event will be hosted by Humble Prince Olu . With our extended hours, explore our new pop-up exhibition, Black Power 50. Meanwhile, DJ OB1 will spin Afro Beat tracks in our Langston Hughes Lobby, which will further enhance our theme of the even…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, October 12
@ 6:30 p.m.
Between the Lines
Imbolo Mbue
Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel, Behold the Dreamers, is the story of one immigrant family from Cameroon whose fates collide with the collapse of financial markets in 2009. Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winner, described Mbue’s writing as “startlingly beautiful, thoughtful, and both timely and timeless.” She is among a cadre of new authors adding African stories to the canon of experiences that have shaped the United States. Mbue is a native of Limbe, Cameroon. She holds a B.S. from Rutgers…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, October 19
@ 7 p.m.
Cave Canem 20th Anniversary and Black Power 50 Present “Freedom Now!”
Cave Canem’s 20th anniversary and the Schomburg Center, for our year-long exploration of the Black Power Movement, will present an intergenerational, interdisciplinary performance based on the musical composition of jazz composer and drummer Max Roach’s 1961 Freedom Now Suite. Freedom Now! will feature Cave Canem co-founders Toi Derricotte and Cornelius Eady and Black Arts Movement icon Sonia Sanchez, with a special appearance by New York City-based youth poets. The evening's artistic director…

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, October 20
@ 6:30 p.m.
Talks at the Schomburg
Kathleen Battle
Kathleen Battle is world renowned for her pristine operatic soprano, and has performed Baroque-era compositions to contemporary works. In November, Battle will return to The Metropolitan Opera after 20 years to perform "Kathleen Battle: Spirituals From The Underground Railroad." Join us for an evening exploring of the Underground Railroad and the language conveyed in spirituals of a people determined to get and remain free. Battle will be in conversation with host Terrance McKnight (WQXR), Pete…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Mon, October 24
@ 6:30 p.m.
Lapidus Center Presents: Architects of their Own Liberation: African Americans and the Abolition Movement
In her groundbreaking book, The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition, Manisha Sinha, Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, documents the centrality of slave resistance in shaping the ideology and tactics of abolition. She will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize, Lincoln Prize, and Bancroft Prize winner Eric Foner. Watch on livestream. @SchomburgCenter #LapidusCenterPresents FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Wed, October 26
@ 6:30 p.m.
Films @ the Schomburg
Not Your Mama’s Movement (Premiere)
Rokhaya Diallo, Afro-Parisienne journalist, antiracism activist, and award-winning filmmaker, turned her camera on an emerging generation of black activists who, in the wake of the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, were able to mobilize international opinion in favor of the protests in America. Although France is confronted with similar problems, the victims of French police brutality have not benefited from the same media attention. Not Your Mama’s Movement explores the similarities…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults
Thu, October 27
@ 6:30 p.m.
Black Power 50 Talks: Bobby Seale and Stephen Shames
Stephen Shames, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, first encountered and photographed Panther Chairman Bobby Seale in April 1967 at an anti–Vietnam War rally. Seale became a mentor to Shames, and Shames, in turn, became the most trusted photographer to the party, remaining by Seale’s side through his campaign for mayor of Oakland in 1973. Seale and Shames, in recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party, will be in conversation here at the Scho…
Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureAdults

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