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New Series: Word Rapport


Word Rapport is a new series at the Schomburg Center where the goal is to build the audience's relationship with books and their authors.

In collaboration with Hueman Book Store, please join New York 1’s Cheryl Wills and professor and author Randall Robinson as they discuss his new novel, Makeda on January 13. Part coming-of-age story, part spiritual journey, and part love story, Makeda is a universal tale of family, heritage, and the ties that bind. 

On February 14, join author Rebecca Walker with image activist and writer Michaela Angela Davis as they discuss Walker’s anthology Black Cool. The collection—with essays written by prominent voices and figures such as bell hooks, Kara Walker, Dream Hampton, and Staceyann Chin—explores the origins, aesthetics as well as personal definitions of “black cool.” With a foreword by Henry Louis Gates, Cool also offers a unique perspective on cultural identity.
Join actor, author, and activist Harry Belafonte as he discusses his new memoir, My Song, with Schomburg Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad on March 14. Harry Belafonte is not just one of the greatest entertainers of our time; he has led one of the great American lives of the last century. In My Song, Mr. Belafonte tells us the story of his life, giving us its full breadth, letting us share in the struggles, the tragedies, and, most of all, the inspiring triumphs.
All events are free! For registration, go to or call (212) 491-2040. 
Stay tuned for more events as part of this exciting new series!