Spring Gala

May 20, 2019 6:00pm – 9:30pm

Our Annual Gala will build on the theme established last year, #DISRUPTERS: Then and Now in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance, a creative reaction to the countless racial and social crises currently plaguing our nation, and a moment to acknowledge the artists who refuse to take a back seat during these momentous times. The evening will feature performances and presentations by the ground breaking artists for which we are known, a dinner, and an awards ceremony.

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Harlem Stage Gatehouse
150 Convent Avenue at West 135th Street
New York NY 10031 US

In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body

April 16, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

The National Black Theater (NBT), in partnership with the Schomburg Center, presents a one-day event examining the movement of the Black bodies in America and the impact it has had in the quest for liberation.

Utilizing Schomburg Center archives, multidisciplinary performance, and community dialogue, NBT will commission new pieces by theater-makers of African descent to examine the works of James Baldwin, Harriet Powers, Marcus Garvey, Harriet Tubman, and Jacob Lawrence to understand the complexities Black people have faced migrating in America.

Presented as part of the Carnegie Hall Migration Festival.

Price: Free

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

First Fridays: Black Tie “Schomburg Angel” Holiday Edition

Dec 7, 2018 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

The Schomburg Center is proud to present our 4th annual First Fridays “Black Tie” Holiday Edition. This year, we invite you to become a Schomburg Angel by joining us for our exclusive, annual holiday fundraiser. All proceeds benefit Schomburg Center archives, exhibitions & programs.

This special event will celebrate the spirit of giving, and our 94-year history of preserving and presenting global black history and culture through our vast archival collections that are accessed across the world. Ring in the holiday season at this lavish cocktail affair that includes catered hors d’oeuvres and complimentary glasses of champagne from 6 pm to 7 pm.

Groove the night away with beats by DJ Poison Ivy, the evening’s special guest host, Musa Jackson and his Angels, and our MC Dhalimu from Dhali’s Closet. We’ll also have a special surprise performance by Yaz Band.

With our extended hours, guests are invited to check out our current exhibitions Black Power!, Syncretic Vibrations and InHarlem Firelei Báez: Joy out of Fire. You’ll also be able to sign up for a Schomburg membership, become a Schomburg volunteer, and visit the Schomburg Shop—while networking and dancing the night away!

Suggested Dress Code: Holiday Chic!

Complimentary Goody Bag As Supplies Last!

Tickets are non-refundable and go toward donations for the Schomburg Center.

Ticket prices increase at the door.

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. All registered tickets are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Fully accessible to wheelchairs
$25-$40 – Registration Required via SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037 US

Radical Routes Tour: Harlem’s Women Activists

June 9, 2018 | 10:30am – 2:00pm

Get to know the pioneering women of color who helped make Harlem a world-famous center of social activism, cultural experiment, and progressive politics throughout the twentieth century. On this multi-media bus tour, historian Dominique Jean-Louis brings to life the stories of visionary local heroines including Ella Baker, Antonia Pantoja, and Pearl Primus through historical tales, vivid anecdotes and recorded music. We’ll visit the street corners, buildings, public places and neighborhood spots where a diverse group of women made history – with repercussions that extended far beyond Harlem’s streets to the world beyond. Afterwards, we will return to the Museum for lunch on the Terrace (optional).

Cost: $60 – General Admission | $50 – Museum Members

Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue btwn 103rd and 104th Streets
New York NY 10029

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Three Women who Inspire us to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Don’t you think there should be events to commemorate women who have contributed to the history and contemporary society? Well, Women’s History Month celebrates the contributions that women have made throughout history. Women have created a legacy that expands the frontier of possibilities for generations to come. It is observed during March in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia and during October in Canada.  As a part of this effort, let us take a moment to recognize several remarkable women in history.

1. Josephine Baker (Singer, Dancer, Civil Rights Activist):

Josephine Baker was a renowned African-American dancer, activist, and French Resistance agent. Her parents named her Freda Josephine McDonald. She was born on June 3, 1906, in St. Louis, Missouri. Josephine Baker was very well known and earned nicknames like “Black Venus” and “Black Pearl.” Early in her career during the Harlem Renaissance, she performed at the Plantation Club and in the chorus lines of the groundbreaking and hugely successful Broadway revue Shuffle Along in 1921. In 1927, while performing in “La Folie du Jour,” she caught the eyes of the world by dancing in a costume consisting of a skirt made of bananas which was a revolution in the Jazz Age of the 1920’s. Baker was the first African-American to become a worldwide entertainer and to star in a major motion picture, the 1934 Marc Allégret film Zouzou.  Baker was also an activist, and she served in the military.  Baker supported the

Civil Rights Movements in 1950’s was unwavering, she refused to perform for segregated audiences in the United States, she wrote articles about segregation in the United States, and in 1963, she spoke at the March on Washington at the side of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.  She was cast in many films, and she adopted 12 children from different nationalities referred to as “The Rainbow Tribe.” Baker died on April 12, 1975, in France and she was buried with military honors and 21-gun, making Baker the first African-American woman in history to be buried in France with military honors.

2.Florence Mills (Singer, Dancer, and Comedian):

Florence Mills was popularly known as “Queen Of Happiness.” Born on January 25, 1896, in Washington, D.C, and died on November 1, 1927, in New York City. She was African-American singer, dancer, and comedian during the Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance who captivated the world with her talent, beauty, and dedication to racial equality. Mills became well known in New York as a result of her role in the successful Broadway musical Shuffle Along (1921) at Daly’s 63rd Street Theatre, written by African-American Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake. In 1924, she headlined at the Palace Theatre, in the hit show, Lew Leslie’s Blackbirds (1926).  While in Europe performing Blackbirds for more than 300 performances of the hit show in 1926, she became ill with tuberculosis.  Mills is credited with having been a staunch and outspoken supporter of equal rights of African-Americans with her signature song, “I’m A Little Black Bird” as a request for racial equality. During her life, she broke many racial barriers. She was a fascinating, intelligent and socially conscious human being.   Mills died on November 1, 1927, in New York City.  Three thousand fans attended her funeral in Harlem, and thousands more saw her funeral procession as it moved through the black community.

3.Cora T. Walker (Lawyer)

Cora T. Walker was born on June 20, 1922, in Charlotte, NC. Walker was a dedicated lawyer and community activist, and she was the first African-American woman to practice law in the state of New York.  She later became the first female president of the Harlem Lawyers Association. In the early stages of her career, Walker found it chCora T. Walker - Black and white photoallenging to get a position at a law firm. She established Walker & Bailey, one of the city’s few black law firms, with her son, Lawrence R. Bailey, Jr.  The firm’s practice eventually included corporate clients like Conrail, the Ford Motor Company, Texas Instruments and Kentucky Fried Chicken.  This allowed her to work for the residents of the Harlem community for more than half a century. She was active in the National Bar Association which was a professional organization for African-American lawyers formed in the 1920’s. She was also honored when she was listed in New York Times as one of the most powerful people in Harlem.   She ran her private practice in Harlem from 1976 until her retirement in 1999.

These three phenomenal women broke the barriers of racism and continue to be inspirations to today’s society. These fearless and unbowed women are one of the many reasons to celebrate Women’s History Month which also helps to spread awareness regarding the significant contributions of women.

New Black Power! Exhibition now open at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (until Dec 2017)

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March 20, 2017 to December 2017 | 10:00am – 8:00pm

On February 16, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will open its latest exhibition Black Power! in the newly-renovated Main Exhibition Hall. On display through December 2017, Black Power! will invite visitors to delve deeper into the heterogeneous and ideologically diverse global movement that shaped black consciousness and built an immense legacy of community organizing and advocacy that continues to resonate in the United States of America and around the world today. Visitors will also confront misconceptions and truths about the Black Power movement.

Black Power! serves as another touchstone in the Schomburg’s “Black Power 50” focus, a year-long examination into the 50th anniversary of the Black Power movement. Stokely Carmichael and fellow Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) worker Willie Ricks introduced Black Power as a concept in June 1966.

In February 2016, the Schomburg launched “Black Power 50” with a two-part digital exhibition in partnership with Google Cultural Institute. The Schomburg has since released the new exhibition’s catalog Black Power 50 and hosted a “Grandassa Models” © Kwame Brathwaite, 1968 series of public programs featuring conversations with leaders of the Black Power movement such as Kathleen Cleaver, Bobby Seale, and Iris Morales, and Black Arts Movement luminaries Nikki Giovanni, Askia Touré, and Sonia Sanchez, among many others.

Highlights from the Black Power! exhibition include:

•Black Panther Coalition Flyer –  A flyer capturing the efforts of the Black Panther Party, the Puerto Rican Young Lords, the white Young Patriots, the Chinese-American I Wor Kuen, and the Inmates Liberation Front united to demand the release of the Panther 21, who were arrested in April 1969 on suspicion of planning to bomb several sites in New York City.

•First Issue of The Black Panther –  Bobby Seale and Elbert “Big Man” Howard published the first mimeographed issue of The Black Panther on April 25, 1967. Howard, an original member of the Black Panther Party, served as the publication’s first editor. ·

•Letter from Arab Women to Angela Davis – A letter of support to Angela Davis from The Arab Women’s League of Jordan, capturing how the fate of political prisoners in the United States received worldwide attention.

•Photo of Black Panthers in Israel – A photo of Black Panther Party Members in Israel who were part of the Mizrahi community: Jews from North Africa and the Middle East who denounced and fought against the economic and cultural domination of European Jews. Their leader wears a T-shirt reading Black Panthers in Hebrew.

Cost: FREE. Schomburg Center’s hours: Monday: 10am – 6pm; Tues – Weds: 10am – 8pm; and Thurs – Sat: 10am – 6pm.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street
New York NY 10037
Phone: 917-275-6975

More Info: https://www.nypl.org/press/press-release/february-8-2017/schomburg-center-open-new-exhibition-black-power?platform=hootsuite

Youth Dance Performance: Dancing Through Barriers with Dance Theatre of Harlem

March 16, 2017 | 10:30am – 11:30am

danceThe Dance Theatre of Harlem’s, Dancing Through Barriers® lecture demonstration and performance is an informal presentation on the art and science of dance. Through engaging commentary and dancing, the audience experiences the rudiments of classical ballet, as well as the building block-training process that allows dancers to achieve excellence in this exacting art form.  Priority seating for youth. For ages 13 to 18 yrs. For school groups and groups larger than 10, please contact schomburged@nypl.org for more information.

Cost: FREE.

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED.  FREE – Register via schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com Register Here. All registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, NYC



Women’s Jazz Festival: Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz

Monday, March 6, 2017 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

ellaThis annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz. “Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!” is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend. The festival’s guest curators are critically acclaimed harpist, Brandee Younger and ethnomusicologist, Aja Burrell Wood, and The Afro-Latino Festival.


March 6: Divine Ella – Acclaimed harpist Brandee Younger will join singer Jean Baylor, Camille Thurman (alto sax and vocals), Courtney Bryan (piano), Dezron Douglas (bass) and Kassa Overall (drums) as they highlight Ella Fitzgerald’s influence in both sacred and secular music. The evening will draw on Fitzgerald’s record, “Brighten the Corner,” offering original compositions and new arrangements of favorite Fitzgerald masterpieces that evoke a spiritual essence.  This program is guest curated by harpist Brandee Younger, a fearless and versatile talent, who defies genres and labels as a classically-trained musician playing in the avant-garde tradition of her sonically forward predecessors Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane.

March 13: Ella is Present – Grammy Award-winning jazz drummer, composer, and producer Terri Lyne Carrington, together with special guests, will perform a tribute to the indelible legacy of Ella Fitzgerald. This retrospective will present Fitzgerald’s impact on today’s diverse and progressive voices and explore her unique influence in contemporary music. Guest curated by Aja Burrell Woods, enthnomusicologist and adjunct professor of African American music at The New School and Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music

March 20: WJF in Conversation: There’s Something About Ella – (To RSVP for this FREE talk, please click here.) Join us for the debut of Women’s Jazz Festival Conversations. We invite scholars, artists, and archivists to discuss the legacy of women in jazz. This evening we will reflect on the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald.

March 27: J’adore Ella – The French duo, Les Nubians, sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Bordeaux, France are known for melding African rhythms with jazz and R&B. This final evening of the festival will provide a glimpse of Fitzgerald’s influence as an internationally acclaimed jazz artist. In 1990, Fitzgerald received the French medal of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres) for her significant contributions to jazz.  Infusing traditional Fitzgerald with cultural notes from across the African diaspora, the Grammy-nominated singers offer a sophisticated ode to why the world loves Ella Fitzgerald. Guest curated by the Afro-Latino Festival NYC. WBGO Jazz 88.3FM/WBGO.org is a media partner of the 2017 Women’s Jazz Festival.  (Image: Studio portrait of singer Ella Fitzgerald, circa 1940s, Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture). @SchomburgCenter #WJF2017

Cost: There is an admission charge for this event: $30: General Admission, $25: Schomburg Society Members (March 20th is FREE) – Purchase tickets via SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com

Tickets.  Please note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center. 

Contact: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Phone: 917-275-6975

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street





Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon 2017 Edition

Saturday, February 25, 2017 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm

wikipedia_edit-a-thon_-_feb_25_2017The Schomburg Center, working with the AfroCROWD initiative, is proud to host “Black Power! Wikipedia Edit-a-thon,” our third year initiative in which we invite members of the community and general public to contribute to content related to black history on Wikipedia for the national Black WikiHistory Month outreach campaign. For the first time, via video satellite, we’ll be able to unite with Wikipedia editors in Africa who will edit alongside us.

Wikipedia is a free online encyclopedia, written collaboratively by the people who use it (crowdsourced). At this event, you will learn how Wikipedia works and how to add content to it. Take advantage of the rich resouces of the Schomburg library to write and edit entries on black history and culture. Volunteer Wikipedians, the experts, will also be on hand to provide support and instruction on working in Wikipedia.

The Wikipedia training and Edit-a-thon will be held in the Aaron Douglas Reading Room of the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division on the C-level (lower level) of the Schomburg Center. Stay for the entire afternoon or drop in any time between 12pm and 5pm.

Bring your own laptop, if possible. Laptops will also be available to check out with your NYPL library card.

Advanced wiki editing skills not required.  Passion for black history and culture is highly recommended!

If you’re new to Wikipedia, check out the Beginner’s guide to Wikipedia and make sure to create an account before Feb. 25th so you can get started right away.

A reception will follow the event at 5:00 pm.

Cost: FREE. Register at SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.com to RSVP.  FIRST COME, FIRST SEATED. For free events, we generally overbook to ensure full attendance. All registered spots are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.  Guests, please note no food or drinks are allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street


The Schomburg Center and THIRTEEN Present: American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

February 16, 2017 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

maya_angelouNearly three years after Dr. Maya Angelou’s death sent the entire world into mourning, the Schomburg Center and THIRTEEN are proud to present a special preview of the new PBS documentary that offers an unprecedented look at the iconic singer, dancer, activist, poet, and writer’s life and career. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise sheds light on the untold aspects of her life through never-before-seen footage, rare archival photographs and videos and her own words.

From her upbringing in the Depression-era South and her early performing career (1957’s Miss Calypso album and Calypso Heat Wave film, Jean Genet’s 1961 play The Blacks) to her work with Malcolm X in Ghana and her many writing successes, including her inaugural poem for President Bill Clinton, filmmakers Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack reveal hidden facets of Dr. Angelou’s life during some of America’s most defining moments. American Masters – Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise also features exclusive interviews with Dr. Angelou, her friends and family, including Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Common, Alfre Woodard, Cicely Tyson, Quincy Jones, Hillary Clinton, Louis Gossett, Jr., John Singleton, Diahann Carroll, Valerie Simpson, Random House editor Bob Loomis and Dr. Angelou’s son, Guy Johnson. Join us as we celebrate Dr. Angelou, her legacy, and the importance of black archival collections during Black History Month at the Schomburg Center. 

Cost: FREE. Please, Register via SchomburgCenter.Eventbrite.comRSVP

First come, first seated. Note, for free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. ALL registered seats are released 15 to 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early.

Contact: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Phone: 917-275-6975

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street