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

Schomburg Reading Circle: Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

April 27, 2019 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Join the Schomburg Center and Countee Cullen Library for the Schomburg Reading Circle discussion on Erica Dunbar’s Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge. This book is part of our Reading Slavery series selected by Dr. Michelle Commander, Associate Director and Curator of the The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery.

Come prepared to journey with Dr. Commander through the book’s themes and topics, and to discuss what intrigued you most about the author’s work with your fellow Schomburg Reading Circle book club members and librarians at Countee Cullen Library.

Schomburg Reading Circle books are available for purchase in the Schomburg Shop, and can be checked out at your local NYPL branch. Reserve your copy of Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge in the NYPL catalog.

All Schomburg Reading Circle discussions will take place at Countee Culleen Library, 104 W. 136th Street, right around the corner from the Schomburg Center.

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

Community Preview: Boss: The Black Experience in Business

April 17, 2019 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Join WNET/THIRTEEN and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for a special preview of highlights from Boss: The Black Experience in Business, directed by Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson. This new documentary traces the lives of African American entrepreneurs over 150 years, from those bound by bondage to moguls at the top of million-dollar empires. From the country’s earliest days, African Americans have embodied the qualities of innovation, risk-taking and determination to forge a path toward a better life. Stories featured in the film include those of entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker, publisher John H. Johnson, Motown CEO Berry Gordy, and business pioneer and philanthropist Reginald F. Lewis, among others. The film features new interviews with Vernon Jordan, senior managing director of Lazard, Freres & Co. LLC.; Cathy Hughes, CEO and founder of Urban One; Richelieu Dennis, founder, CEO and executive chairman of Sundial Brands; and more.

Following the screening, a talk back will feature the film’s director Stanley Nelson; founder of The HistoryMakers, Julieanna Richardson; Marcia Chatelain, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies, Georgetown University; and entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Richelieu Dennis.

Boss: The Black Experience in Business premieres nationwide Tuesday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings). Boss: The Black Experience in Business is a Firelight Films production for THIRTEEN Productions LLC, in association with The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African American video oral history archive.

Seats are limited. Registration is required. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early.

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

Our Time Has Come Benefit Concert Featuring Vanessa Williams

April 24, 2019 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Advancement (formerly the Office of Program Development) will host its first benefit concert, featuring an evening of music from singer, actress and esteemed SU alumna Vanessa Williams ’85.

Ticket prices start at $120 and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Proceeds to benefit the Our Time Has Come Vanessa Williams Scholarship supporting Black and Latino students in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University

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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: The Poetics of Anti-Slavery Protest

April 24, 2019 1:00pm

Join Michelle Commander, associate director and curator of the Lapidus Center, who will explore archive material capturing the use of poetry and related arts in anti-slavery efforts in the Atlantic World.

The Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery at the Schomburg Center is the only facility of its kind based in a public research library. The initial collection included 400 rare items of printed material — books and documents continue to be added to the collection — making the Schomburg Center home to one of the world’s premier collections of slavery material. The Center’s mission is to generate and disseminate scholarly knowledge on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery pertaining to the Atlantic World. Lapidus Center engages the public with a variety of programs, an annual nonfiction prize, exhibitions, and conferences.

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

Open Archive: Regina Andrews and Jean Blackwell Hutson

April 9, 2019 1:00pm – 2:30pm

In celebration of National Library Workers Day, Schomburg curators, librarians, and archivists will display selections from our unparalleled collection of archival materials highlighting the influence of NYPL librarian Regina Anderson Andrews and Jean Blackwell Hutson, archivist, curator, and former chief librarian of the Schomburg Center.

Photo Credit: Jean Blackwell Hutson with Langston Hughes, Jean Blackwell Hutson Portrait Collection, Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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

Conversation in Black Freedom Studies: Black Women’s Internationalism

April 4, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Black women’s efforts to broaden the Black Freedom Movement beyond geographic borders are often overlooked. Women like Charlotta Bass, Amy Jacques Garvey, Amy Ashwood Garvey, and Queen Mother Moore assumed leadership roles in peace and anti-colonial movements worldwide. Join Ashley Farmer, Keisha Blain, and John Portlock as they discuss the impact of these women on the global movement for Black liberation.

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

Shake Loose: A Celebration of Sonia Sanchez

April 1, 2019 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of poetry and performance as we honor Sonia Sanchez, the legendary poet, activist, and Schomburg Society National Ambassador.

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