The #SchomburgSyllabus renders visible a trove of compelling documents that will shift how it is we study and teach the varying contours of Black history across time and space. These thoughtfully-curated items speak to one another in striking ways, shining new light on a wide range of topics that demonstrate the boundlessness of the Black imagination—even under the most dire circumstances. The possibilities for future iterations of this exciting project make it one to utilize now and follow for years to come.
— Dr. Michelle D. Commander, Associate Director and Curator of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Explore the Schomburg Center's materials on educational resource development, educational activism, and web archiving in these reads from Schomburg Center staff.
- Interview with Zakiya Collier, Schomburg’s Digital Archivist
- Doc Chat Episode Sixteen: Teaching the #Syllabus
- Witness to History: Lawrence Reddick's Crusade to Document the Black 20th Century
- The Struggle Over I.S. 201: Babette Edwards Education Reform in Harlem Collection
- The Schomburg Curriculum Project
- "Proudly We Hail" - A Celebration of Frederick Douglass JHS's Mr. Harcourt Tynes
- Schomburg Center Clipping Files
- A Look at the Ella Baker Initiative & Intergenerational Activism
Explore web-archived educational resources in the #Syllabus collection.
The #SchomburgSyllabus simultaneously documents and contributes to Black people's longstanding self-organized educational efforts. Inspired by the hashtag-syllabus movement, this fascinating collection uniquely brings together born-digital and analog resources. The syllabi alone are a treasure-trove, and their organization here represents a new and dynamic way to explore Black life, culture, and history.
— Dr. Brian Jones, Director, Center for Educators and Schools, The New York Public Library
Watch #SchomburgSyllabus Videos
Explore videos from Schomburg Center public programs on culturally responsive teaching and educational justice movements. Click the links in the slideshow below to watch each video.
The Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List
For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives in 2020, the Schomburg Center published its Black Liberation Reading List. The 95 titles on the list represent books we and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers we steward. Explore the lists for kids, teens, and adults, and discover which titles are available in accessible formats.
Don't forget to explore JSTOR's companion to the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List.
The #SchomburgSyllabus is made possible through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s generous support for the #SchomburgSyllabus project, and the Community Webs program, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Internet Archive, and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.