Wed, Feb 28 | 6 PM | Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) & Online
Join award-winning author Tananarive Due and WNYC’s Alison Stewart for a conversation about Due’s book, The Reformatory: a gripping, haunting work of historical fiction set in the Jim Crow South in the 1950s. Due will take audience questions and musical artist Jake Blount will perform after the conversation.
Explore the new digital guide for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, now featuring readings of Arturo Schomburg’s essay “The Negro Digs Up His Past” and Langston Hughes’s poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.” Plus, discover holdings relating to Black artists in the Library for the Performing Arts guide and new items showcasing Black achievements from the Polonsky Exhibition on the NYPL guide. Download Bloomberg Connects, the free arts and culture app, to access these features and many more.
Through July 8 | Schomburg Center
Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes held friendships with artists across generations and disciplines, forging connections and building a network of Black creatives and intellectuals who responded to, and shaped, the current events of the time. During a visiting professorship at Atlanta University, Hughes met student and photojournalist Griffith J. Davis, who went on to become a longtime friend and Ebony magazine’s first roving editor. In this exhibition, Davis’ photography is complemented by archival material and letters from the Schomburg Center’s collections.
Treasures: Free Downloadable Activities for Kids
Celebrate Black History Month with these bilingual family-friendly exhibition worksheets. Explore the Polonsky Exhibition to solve a special treasure hunt, crossword puzzle, and word search!
Resources for All Ages
Discover book recommendations, articles, listicles, and research ideas from our expert librarians and staff.
- Book Pairings to Delve Deeper Into Images in the Digital Collections: Black History Month Edition
- Middle Grade and Teen Graphic Novels for Learning About Black History
- Lasting Impact: 25 Recent Picture Book Biographies for Black History Month
- Celebrate Black History Month with Poetry for Kids
- Explore NYPL's Black Culture blog channel
- See the full calendar of Black History Month events
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, one of The New York Public Library’s renowned research libraries, is a world-leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.
The Library offers myriad ways to engage with Black history, including hundreds of thousands of items in circulation, the archival collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, LibGuides, and more. Discover where to begin with iconic figures including Maya Angelou, Paul Robeson, Nat King Cole, and Zora Neale Hurston.
Wed, Feb 28 | 1 PM | Library for the Performing Arts
For this edition of The Dance Historian Is In, dance educator and Black popular culture scholar Dr. Halifu Osumare will speak about her book, Dancing the Afrofuture: Hula, Hip-Hop, and the Dunham Legacy. Osumare began studying with famed dancer and choreographer Katherine Dunham in the late 1980s. Her book explores Dunham's legacy and the concept of dance performance as research.
Black History Month at the Center for Educators & Schools: Events
Discover free programs for educators and librarians to celebrate Black History Month.
Teaching Tools and Recommended Reading
Explore teaching tools and titles recommended by our expert staff at the Center for Educators and Schools.
- To Make Public Our Joy: Black New Yorkers Commemorating Emancipation, 1808–1865
- Teaching Histories of Black Americans During World War II with The New York Public Library
The #SchomburgSyllabus is an archive of new and recent educational resources relating to Black studies, movements, and experiences. By connecting these materials to the Schomburg Center’s collections, we honor and recognize the source and strength of Black self-education practices, collective study, and librarianship. The #SchomburgSyllabus is curated by Schomburg Center staff and organized into 27 themes to foster a greater understanding of the Black experience.
Explore the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List
For nearly a century, 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.
Black History Month: More Suggested Reading
Explore these thematic reading lists that complement and expand on the Schomburg Center’s Black Liberation Reading List and discover the lives and legacies of influential Black figures, key moments in the history of Black America, and picture books for younger readers celebrating Black characters and families.
Explore web exhibitions presenting an array of special materials from the Schomburg Center.
Watch Now: Past Events
Discover a series of special conversations with creative storytellers—composers and pianists, photographers, educators, and art critics.
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Visit the Schomburg Shop and see a selection of books, clothing items, tote bags, mugs, and more created by Black and Brown artists for all ages.
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