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  • When Sugar Hill Was Sweet: A Woman’s Work Is Never Done

    September 22

    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 

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  • Artist and the Archive: Race and Revolution

    September 20

    Nine contemporary artists respond to excerpts from documents written by leaders of the American Revolution in the current public art exhibition Race and Revolution, curated by Katie Fuller on Governor’s Island in New York. Nell I. Painter, a leading historian of the United States, and the 

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  • C. Nicole Mason and Vanessa K. De Luca

    September 15

    Born Bright: A Young Girl's Journey from Nothing to Something in America is a memoir that explores the meaning 

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  • Before 5: Luvvie Ajayi and Francheska Medina

    September 14

    With over 500,000 readers a month at her enormously popular blog, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, Luvvie Ajayi is a go-to source for smart takes on pop culture. I’m Judging You is her debut book of humorous essays that dissect our cultural obsessions and calls out bad behavior in our increasingly digital Read More ›
  • Black Power 50 Talks: Sohail Daulatzai and R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy

    September 13

    As part of the Schomburg’s year-long exploration of the Black Power Movement, Sohail Daulatzai, author of Fifty Years of “The Battle of Algiers”: Past as Prologue and 

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  • Theater Talks: Sell/Buy/Date

    September 12

    Tony Award-winning playwright and performer Sarah Jones (Bridge & Tunnel) will take to the Schomburg stage to discuss her new one-woman play, Sell/Buy/Date. The exuberant new show is inspired by the real-life experiences of people affected by the sex industry, and preserves the full humanity of Read More ›
  • Heather Ann Thompson & Khalil Gibran Muhammad

    September 8

    Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy, by award-winning historian Heather Ann Thompson of University of Michigan, sheds new light on one of the most important civil rights stories of the last century—the 1971 Attica Correctional Facility uprising in upstate New Read More ›
  • Labor Day "Carnival" Edition

    September 2

    The Schomburg Center is proud to present our Carnival Edition of First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering. Read More ›
  • First Friday: House Edition

    August 5

    The Schomburg Center is proud to present our LGBT Black Pride Edition of First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering. Read More ›
  • Toni Morrison “Bench By The Road” Reception

    July 24

    The Toni Morrison Society will make its twentieth "Bench by the Road" placement at the Schomburg Center. The ceremony will feature Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison and President of the New York Public Library, Tony Marx. The Bench by the Road Project was launched on February 18, 2006, 

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  • First Friday "Hip Hop" Edition

    May 6

    The Schomburg Center is proud to present our 90s edition of First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering. Read More ›
  • Estate and Gift Planning Seminar

    April 18

    Are you working on your estate plans or need to update them?  How can you best provide for family and loved ones while also supporting your favorite charities?  Do you understand the probate process or want to avoid it?  Are you confused by the continued estate tax changes?  Most 

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  • "R&B DIVAS" Edition

    April 1

    The Schomburg Center is proud to present our 70s edition of First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering. Read More ›
  • First Fridays: "70s" Edition

    March 4

    The Schomburg Center is proud to present our 70s edition of First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering. Read More ›
  • Schomburg Society Film Screening

    January 28

    Schomburg Society film screening of

    PAN! Our Music Odyssey

    A docudrama of the people behind the steelband movement. In Trinidad & Tobago, underpriviledged urban gangs created a new musical instrument crafted from oil drums in 1939 and perfected it by the 1950s. Since then, 

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  • First Fridays: Prince vs. Michael Jackson Edition

    November 6

    In celebration of iconic black horror films, the Schomburg Center is thrilled to present First Fridays: Masquerade Edition! Our monthly dance social will transform into a Halloween pageant, where attendees are encouraged to wear a costume to celebrate their favorite horror icons. There will be a Read More ›
  • Event Venue & Vendor Showcase

    November 1

    The Schomburg Center has played a pivotal role with Community Enrichment projects, so we are having the first ever Harlem based Event Venue and Vendor Showcase highlighting minority owned special event companies. Read More ›
  • Fall Open House: THE BLACK FANTASTIC

    October 7

    The Schomburg Center's annual Fall Open House is an opportunity for our audiences and patrons to access and engage with our collections, exhibitions, and programmatic offerings in an evening full of talks, performances, films and art. This year’s program is titled, The Black Fantastic, with a Read More ›
  • First Fridays: Masquerade Edition

    October 2

    In celebration of iconic black horror films, the Schomburg Center is thrilled to present First Fridays: Masquerade Edition! Our monthly dance social will transform into a Halloween pageant, where attendees are encouraged to wear a costume to celebrate their favorite horror icons. There will be a Read More ›
  • Conversations in Black Freedom Studies — The Young Lords Party

    October 1

    Schomburg Education presents this dynamic adult education series with a full line up of provocative scholars and community members committed to engaging dialogue about black freedom studies.  The Spring 2015 semester is curated by professors Jeanne Theoharis (Brooklyn College/CUNY) and Komozi 

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