Schomburg Center Literary Festival: Reading the African Diaspora

June 29, 2019 10:00am – 6:00pm

“My alma mater was books, a good library…. I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity.” ― Malcolm X

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of global black experiences. Our inaugural Schomburg Center Literary Festival expands our long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. We will spotlight talented literary figures in the US and abroad. The day-long book festival will feature exhibitors, readings, panel discussions, workshops and more for all ages, from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction. The 2019 Schomburg Center Literary Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 10am.

Cost: Free

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

After StoneWall 50 Years Of Black & Brown Resistance

June 27, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Schomburg LGBTQ Programing in conjunction with Stonewall After 50 at NYPL Exhibition at SASB

Curated By Frank Leon Roberts

On behalf of the Baldwin Hansberry Project & NYPL Schomburg Center

  • An Esteemed Panel Discussion On Stonewall 50 Years of Black & Brown Resistance
  • Panelist
    Deray McKesson
    Elle Hearns
    Darnell Moore
    Kerbie Joseph
    Nala Simmon
  • Performance: Harmonica (Songs for Marsha)
  • Performance: (Curated by Black Pride NYC Organization Founder Lee Solider)
  • Cocktail Reception

In anticipation of the historic 50th year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (the landmark black and brown-led 1969 rebellion that gave birth to the modern LGBT rights movement)—the Baldwin Hansberry Project will partner with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to host a special one day symposium entitled “After Stonewall: 50 Years of Black and Brown Resistance.”

The keynote event of this symposium will be a staged public intergenerational dialogue between leading black LGBT activists reflecting on the various “lessons” that Stonewall teach contemporary activists (i.e. the importance of letting Transwomen lead; the political effectiveness of disruptive direct action; and the power of multiracial organizing). During the symposium, we will launch the hashtag #BlackStonewall50 as a public awareness campaign that highlights the black and brown roots of Stonewall.

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

Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am

June 18, 2019 6:30pm

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival presents an advance screening of the documentary Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am. The film offers an artful and intimate meditation on the life and works of the acclaimed novelist. From her childhood in the steel town of Lorain, Ohio to ‘70s-era book tours with Muhammad Ali, from the front lines with Angela Davis to her own riverfront writing room, Toni Morrison leads an assembly of her peers, critics and colleagues on an exploration of race, America, history and the human condition as seen through the prism of her own literature.

Free. RSVP.

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

Open Archive: Augusta Savage

June 12, 2019 1:00pm

Master sculptor, Augusta Savage is getting the attention she deserves with a new traveling exhibition of her artwork making its way around the country. Join Tammi Lawson, Curator of the Art & Artifacts Division, alongside other Schomburg Center librarians and archivists as they display selected items from our coveted collections of Augusta Savage archives, including works of art, and other ephemera. Get up close and personal with the selected items and enjoy an audience Q&A with the collection’s curators. Afterward, take a tour of the Schomburg’s new exhibition A Ballad for Harlem featuring two sculptures by Augusta Savage–Gamin and Lift Every Voice and Sing (The Harp).

Free. RSVP.

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

Schomburg Center Pride Film Festival

June 15, 2019 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Explore the Black queer experience at this Pride film festival through a series of groundbreaking films (details below) and a group discussion. During the event, be sure to take time to pose in front of our Pride flag, socialize, and network. Free and open to the public.

We are offering a limited number of Schomburg Center Pride totes for a $15 donation at the event. Save by pre-purchasing online when you register for the event. Get yours before they sell out! All proceeds benefit the Schomburg Society and support the Schomburg Center’s programs and collections.

Experience 3 iconic films that have impacted the world:

1. A Litany for Survival: The Life and Work of Audre Lorde (12:30 PM)

2. Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin (1:45 PM)

3. Moonlight (3:30 PM)

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

Estate and Gift Planning Seminar

June 5, 2019 5:30pm – 7:00pm

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 importantly, what will be your legacy?

We are pleased to present an educational seminar for Library patrons and local community members. Our featured speaker is Preston C. Demouchet, Esq., who will present estate and financial planning concepts in easy-to-understand terms, in a relaxed and interactive environment. Questions are encouraged—and the event is completely free of charge.

You are welcome to invite a friend, or your legal or financial advisor, to join you. The seminar will cover the following topics:

  • A review of basic estate planning documents, including the importance of having a durable power of attorney and living will
  • Medicaid planning and preparing for unforeseen health challenges
  • Ensuring your will, trust, and beneficiary designations are in order
  • Passing assets on to heirs or your favorite charities without estate and gift taxes

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

First Fridays: Black Fraternities and Sororities/The Divine Nine Edition

May 3, 2019 6:00pm – 10:00pm

African American fraternities and sororities have a long tradition of championing education, service and empowerment on college campuses and in communities across the country. Join us on May 4 for a special First Fridays Black Fraternities and Sororities/The Divine Nine Edition, presented in partnership with members of the Deltas, AKAs, Zetas and the Kappas!

We’re calling all fraternity and sorority members and those who love them to come celebrate the history of the Divine Nine in the Langston Hughes lobby. Wear your paraphernalia and rep your organization as we dance to beats provided by DJ Ocross & WBLS’s own DJ Jon Quick.

In addition, First Friday guests are invited to visit our exhibitions during extended viewing hours:

Crusader: Martin Luther King Jr. presents an intimate travelogue of King’s pilgrimage to India, Nobel Peace Prize acceptance in Oslo, Norway, and work as a non-violent crusader for civil rights, as captured by select photographers of the day in the Latimer/Edison Gallery.

Syncretic Vibrations that engages a call-and-response between students in our Teen Curators program and the work of anthropologist Melville J. Herskovits, located in the American Negro Theatre

Signature drinks and food will be available for purchase from Melba’s Harlem in the lower level in the American Negro Theater.

Dress Code: Rep your Greek Organization with your colors or letters!

#FirstFridays

#SchomburgCenter

21+ Event

There is an admission charge for this event: FREE – Registration Required.

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

The Struggle Against Jim Crow North: Police Brutality, Mass Incarceration and Educational Discrimination

May 2, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Jim Crow is best known for its impact in the south, but institutional segregation and systemic inequality defined life for African Americans living in the north through racist policies in housing, schools, and policing. This Conversation in Black Freedom Studies program will feature Brian Purnell, Kris Burrell, Clarence Taylor, and James Forman who will examine the history of the Jim Crow North, and its continued impact on the inequality of today’s educational and criminal justice systems.

Price: Free

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

Oratorio: I Will Tell You The Truth About This, I Will Tell You All About It

April 30, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith presents a ten-poem sequence capturing the lives and stories of African American soldiers and their families during the Civil War. Derived entirely from historical record, the sequence includes the voices of a mother pleading with President Lincoln to release her son from the army, a soldier sending love his children back home, and deposition statements given by African American veterans, their widows, and descendants hoping to receive their rightful pensions. Set for choir, soprano and baritone soloists by Composer Aaron Siegel, this oratorio will be a gripping tribute to these overlooked lives and stories at a pivotal time in American history.

Price: Free

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

In Conversation: Dr. Carla Hayden and Tracy K. Smith

April 29, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Dr. Carla Hayden, the 14th Librarian of Congress, the first African-American and the first woman to hold this position, will join Tracy K. Smith, the 22nd Poet Laureate of the United States, and Schomburg Director Kevin Young for a special conversation and program on the future of Black librarianship and inquiry into our current cultural moment.

FREE.

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