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Welcome to the

SCHOMBURG CENTER FOR RESEARCH IN BLACK CULTURE

Where Every Month Is Black History Month

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Started with the collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the Schomburg collects, preserves, and provides access to materials documenting black life locally, nationally, and internationally. It also promotes the study and interpretation of the history and cultures of peoples of African descent. Today, the Schomburg serves the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a place that encourages lifelong learning and inspires exploration. SCHOMBURGCENTER.ORG 2


SUMMER 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS 4 “MISSISSIPPI GODDAM” 6 ENGAGE! 8 DANCE! 9 PARTICIPATE!

10 SCHOMBURG ON LOCATION EDUCATION 9

BLACK HISTORY 360°

11 FREE EXHIBITIONS CALENDAR OF EVENTS 12 SEASON CALENDAR 13 REGISTRATION INFORMATION SUPPORT 14 SPACE RENTALS 15 MEMBERSHIP

For more information, ASK NYPL: 917.ASK.NYPL or nypl.org/asknypl Schomburg Center for research in black culture The New York Public Library

PLAN YOUR VISIT To register for our FREE events, please visit: schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com Guided tours are conducted Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is required at least 30 days in advance. To register for a guided or selfguided tour for a group of 15 people or more, please email: schomburgtours@nypl.org. Subscribe to our e-newsletter: nypl.org/schomburgnews

CONNECT with the Schomburg:

Take 2 or 3 train to 135th St.

515 Malcolm X Boulevard New York, New York 10037-1801


“MISSISSIPPI GODDAM” Please join us for our second installment of “Mississippi Goddam,” as we commemorate major milestones of the Civil Rights Movement.

MAY 6–JULY 26, 2014 [POP-UP DISPLAY]

On the Road to Integration: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education Curated by members of the BNY Mellon Pre-Professional Development Program, On the Road to Integration: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education explores the moments before and after the legendary ruling.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 3 AT 6:30 P.M.

Talks at the Schomburg: Stuck in Segregation Throughout history, legal and de facto forms of segregation have restricted the ability of black communities to fully access housing, education, and banking. A long-fought battle before the civil rights movement, the complexity of today’s patterns of segregation takes many forms within public policy, income, and racial discrimination. This provocative conversation will explore new ideas, history, and the contemporary construction of segregation. Join panelists Ta-Nehisi Coates (The Atlantic), Patrick Sharkey (New York University), and Richard Rothstein (Economic Policy Institute) and moderator Farai Chideya. Presented in collaboration with the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

TUESDAY, JULY 8 AT 6:30 P.M.

Films at the Schomburg: Freedom Summer Veteran award-winning director Stanley Nelson captures the volatile months of the 1964 Freedom Summer through remarkable period footage and the firsthand testimonies of volunteers who were transformed by their time in Mississippi. A talkback will follow the screening with Nelson and voices from the film. Stanley Nelson, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, Emmy Award–winning MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow, and member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the director of 12 documentary features. He is co-founder of Firelight Media, which provides technical education and professional support to emerging documentarians.

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ENGAGE! WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 AT 6:30 P.M.

TALKS AT THE SCHOMBURG: Walter Mosley and Michael Eric Dyson Award-winning novelist Walter Mosley will be in conversation with author and Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University Michael Eric Dyson to discuss his oeuvre. Mosley’s work spans the genres of literature, film, and theater.

MONDAY, MAY 12 AT 6:30 P.M.

THEATER TALKS AT THE SCHOMBURG: Holler If Ya Hear Me The music is Tupac, the story is now.

The music of Tupac Shakur blazes to life on Broadway in the new musical Holler If Ya Hear Me. It is at once a love story and an un-retouched picture of life in the streets. The cast of 22 includes Saul Williams, Saycon Sengbloh, Chris Jackson and Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins. Join director Kenny Leon, Saul Williams, producer Jessica Green, and Marcyliena Morgan, executive director of Harvard’s HipHop Archive, for an in-depth discussion about this groundbreaking production.

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THURSDAY, MAY 22 AT 6:30 P.M.

IN THE LIFE: Outing Lorraine

Join us for an engaging panel discussion about imposing gay and lesbian labels on public figures who never publicly identified as such. This conversation centers on playwright, activist, and intellectual Lorraine Hansberry.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 AT 6:30 P.M.

IN THE LIFE: Martin Duberman

Author and scholar Duberman will read from his recent book, Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS. A Q&A will the author will follow the reading.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 AT 6:30 P.M.

TALKS AT THE SCHOMBURG: The African Art Collection of Bayard Rustin Learn more about Bayard Rustin’s collection of African art. Frederick John Lamp will lecture on the Nok Collection of Bayard Rustin and the African diaspora’s role in the preservation of African artifacts, history, and culture.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 AT 6:30 P.M.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Samuel G. Freedman

Author Samuel G. Freedman will talk about his new book, Breaking the Line, which tells the historic saga of the battle for the 1967 black college football championship, culminating in a riveting, excruciatingly close contest. A book signing will follow.

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DANCE! FIRST FRIDAYS

MAY 2, JUNE 6, and AUGUST 1

JOIN US AT OUR POPULAR MONTHLY SOCIAL GATHERING, WHICH FEATURES MUSIC, DRINKS, AND EXTENDED EXHIBITION HOURS. For details about each month’s theme, visit schomburgcenter.org/firstfridays.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 AT 6:30 P.M.

PURPLE RAIN!

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Prince’s Purple Rain LP with a conversation featuring special guests, a screening of the film, and music.

THURSDAY, JUNE 12 AT 6:30 P.M.

DON’T MISS! THE NEW NORMAL: Black Music Month Garden Party 8


PARTICIPATE! WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 AT 6:30 P.M.

HARLEM LITERARY SOCIETY

Join the Harlem Literary Society for a book conversation on Claire of the Sea Light by Haitian author Edwidge Danticat. The discussion with be facilitated by Calvin Hill.

SATURDAY, JULY 12 AT NOON

HARLEM BOOK FAIR

The Harlem Book Fair is the nation’s largest African-American book festival. Televised annually by C-SPAN’s Book TV and attended by thousands, the Harlem Book Fair features acclaimed authors, music, panel discussions, outdoor readings, food, writing, workshops, and more. Visit harlembookfair.com for the complete schedule.

MONDAY–SATURDAY, JULY 14–18, 9 A.M.–4 P.M.

BLACK HISTORY 360°: The Schomburg’s 5th Annual Summer Education Institute 2014 Join hundreds of educators (K-12 and College) and premier scholars from across the country for a spectacular “education vacation” at the Schomburg Center, featuring lectures, interactive workshops, curriculum labs, curator talks, and community walks that explore the history and cultures of African Americans and African peoples throughout the Diaspora. This year’s themes include Freedom Summer, American Maroons and Resistance to Slavery, The Motown Sound: A Voice for Freedom, The History of Education in NYC, Book Arts and the Black Experience, The Civil Rights Act of 1964, Hip-Hop History, Abolitionism in Brooklyn, and more. Educators will gain valuable content knowledge and learn inquiry-based approaches to teaching across the grades using the Schomburg’s rich primary resource collections on-site and online. Registration Fees: General: $500/week; or $125/day College Students & Seniors: $400/week; or $100/day Registration Forms Available Online: schomburgcenter.org/blackhistory360 For More Information: Email: schomburged@nypl.org Call: (212) 491-2207 Registration Deadline: June 30, 2014 Limited registration may be available in July if space permits. The Schomburg Summer Education Institute is funded solely by registration fees, which are used to pay for event costs, honoraria, program materials, and resources. SCHOMBURGCENTER.ORG/CALENDAR


SCHOMBURG ON LOCATION

WRITING BLACKNESS

JUNE 6–AUGUST 3, 2014

West 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue

Writing Blackness, a contemporary exploration of the Harlem Renaissance Salon, examines “salons” as sites for cultural production fostering intellectual and arts movements, from the Harlem Renaissance to Négritude, mapping literary voices and publications from 1920 to 1935. The exhibit focuses in particular on the function of the literary salons as a convening physical space where dialogue and exchange of ideas was fostered among intellectuals and cultural producers. Writing Blackness aims to incite intellectual engagement by making archival materials accessible and “activating” the Schomburg Collection in a living space—literally, a twobedroom apartment in an affordable housing and an educational and cultural arts mixeduse development—where ideas are exchanged, and argued, and where all participants are equally equipped and invested in the conversation.

RELATED PROGRAM SATURDAY, JUNE 14 AT 3 P.M.

WRITING BLACKNESS LIVE

Make a trip to Sugar Hill where the Schomburg Center will host a salon reimaging the Harlem salons of the 1920s and 1930s, featuring special guests and musicians. This program is a collaboration with No Longer Empty’s If you build it, on view in Sugar Hill—the legendary epicenter of the Harlem Renaissance. The project is inspired and presented in collaboration with Broadway Housing Communities and architect David Adjaye’s utopian approach to housing and architecture. All apartments in the 13-floor building are dedicated to affordable housing as well an entire floor for early childhood education and the future Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. The exhibition will feature some 20 local, national and international artists’ works, which include installations, photography, and performances made specifically for this exhibition.

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FREE EXHIBITIONS

Motown: The Truth Is a Hit THROUGH JULY 26, 2014

Exhibition Hall

Presented by Northern Trust, in partnership with Schomburg Center, Motown Museum, and Motown the Musical Photos courtesy of the Motown Museum

Funky Turns 40

ALSO ON VIEW:

THROUGH JUNE 14, 2014

Latimer/Edison Gallery

The Deep South—Then & Now Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana THROUGH MAY 31, 2014

On the Road to Integration: Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education

EXHIBITION HOURS: MONDAY—SATURDAY, 10 A.M.–6 P.M. TOURS: Guided tours are conducted

Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Registration is required at least 30 days in advance. To register for a guided or a self-guided tour for a group of 15 people or more, please email: schomburgtours@nypl.org.

THROUGH JULY 26, 2014

Donald Andrew Agarrat: Harlem Photographer THROUGH JULY 31, 2014

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY

THURSDAY, MAY 22 AT 6:30 P.M.

THURSDAY, MAY 1 AT 6 P.M.

THURSDAY, MAY 29 AT 7 P.M.

and Walter Rodney

JUNE

IN THE LIFE: Outing Lorraine HARLEM FASHION ROW

Conversations in Black Freedom Studies THE BIOGRAPHY OF GLOBAL BLACK POWER POLITICS: Stokely Carmichael FRIDAY, MAY 2 AT 6 P.M.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 AT 6:30 P.M.

FIRST FRIDAYS

IN THE LIFE: Martin Duberman

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 AT 6:30 P.M.

TUESDAY, JUNE 3 AT 6: 30 P.M.

TALKS AT THE SCHOMBURG:

“MISSISSIPPI GODDAM” TALKS AT THE SCHOMBURG:

Walter Mosley and Michael Eric Dyson

Stuck in Segregation

SATURDAY, MAY 10 AT 10 A.M.

JUNIOR SCHOLARS YOUTH SUMMIT

Presented in collaboration with the Sidney Hillman Foundation.

The Schomburg Junior Scholars program is made possible through the generous support of The David Rockefeller Fund, and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Inez Dickens, of the New York City Council.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4 AT 6:30 P.M.

HARLEM LITERARY SOCIETY: Claire of the Sea Light by Edwidge Danticat THURSDAY, JUNE 5 AT 6 P.M.

Conversations in Black Freedom Studies EDUCATION FOR LIBERATION:

How Parents, Teachers, and Students Organize for Self-Emancipation FRIDAY, JUNE 6 AT 6 P.M.

MONDAY, MAY 12 AT 6:30 P.M.

FIRST FRIDAYS

THEATER TALKS: Holler If Ya Hear Me

SATURDAY, JUNE 7 AT NOON

MONDAY, MAY 19 AT 6:30 P.M.

A CELEBRATION OF ARTURO SCHOMBURG AND AFRO-PUERTO RICAN PRIDE

ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTHDAY OF MALCOLM X (EL-HAJJ MALIK EL-SHABAZZ)

MONDAY, JUNE 9 AT 6:30 P.M.

TUESDAY, MAY 20 AT 6 P.M.

VISUALLY SPEAKING: LGBT Cultures in Photography

FACES OF DARKNESS: MENTAL HEALTH IN THE AFRICANAMERICAN COMMUNITY

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 11 AT 6:30 P.M.

TALKS AT THE SCHOMBURG: The

African Art Collection of Bayard Rustin THURSDAY, JUNE 12 AT 6:30 P.M.

NEW NORMAL: Black Music Month Garden Party SATURDAY, JUNE 14 AT 3 P.M. Schomburg on Location: West 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue

WRITING BLACKNESS LIVE

TUESDAY, JUNE 17 AT 6:30 P.M.

IN THE LIFE: Djola Branner

JULY MONDAY, JULY 8 AT 6:30 P.M.

“MISSISSIPPI GODDAM” FILMS AT THE SCHOMBURG:

Freedom Summer

SATURDAY, JULY 12 AT NOON

HARLEM BOOK FAIR

MONDAY, JULY 14–FRIDAY, JULY 18

BLACK HISTORY 360° : SCHOMBURG’S SUMMER EDUCATION INSTITUTE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18 AT 6:30 P.M.

BETWEEN THE LINES: Samuel G. Freedman

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 AT 1 P.M.

BETTY SHABAZZ MEMORIAL LECTURE AND AWARD CEREMONY

Tickets: Reception and Awards Ceremony: $35; Students: $20 For more information and to purchase tickets, visit womeninislam.org or call (212) 576-8875. (Special City Council Funds for Income Sensitive Groups and Individuals: Please write to rsvp@womeninislam.org)

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER: All public programs are FREE unless noted otherwise. Registration is required: schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com All registered seats are released 30 minutes before start time, so we recommend that you arrive early. First Come, First Seated.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25 AT 6:30 P.M.

For ticketed events, please call (888) 718-4253 or visit schomburgcenter.showclix.com

MONDAY, JUNE 30 AT 6:30 P.M.

For school programs, please email schomburgEd@nypl.org

PURPLE RAIN!

HARLEM LGBT COMMUNITY: A CONVERSATION

Schomburg Center programs and exhibitions are supported in part by the City of New York; the State of New York; the New York City Council Black, Latino and Asian Caucus; the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus; the Rockefeller Foundation Endowment for the Performing Arts; and the Annie E. and Sarah L. Delany Charitable Trusts. Photo Credits: cover Ballroom Scenes by Gerard Baskins and Samantha Box; Malcolm X by Michael Ochs Archives/ Getty Images. page 5 Freedom Summer courtesy of George Ballis/Take Stock. page 6 Walter Mosley by Marica E. Wilson/ WideVision Photography. page 8 Purple Rain courtesy of Warner Bros. page 11 The Supremes and The Temptations courtesy of the Motown Museum.

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SCHOMBURG SOCIETY

BECOME A MEMBER TODAY! Membership in the Schomburg Society benefits the Schomburg Center—and you! By joining, you stand with thousands of members to help sustain the Schomburg’s outstanding collections, free public programs, exhibitions, educational outreach, and so much more.

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For a contribution of $35 or more, you will receive special benefits including: • A personalized membership card • A discount at The Schomburg Shop • A year-long subscription to our newsletter Africana Heritage • Invitations to special events and exhibition previews Visit us at schomburgcenter.org/support or call (212) 491-2252. If you are already a Schomburg Society member, then thank you—and please share this with a friend!

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