These and other questions are explored in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture’s new exhibition, Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson , co-presented by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and curated by James Levy of the University of Wisconsin. This exhibition travels through Hempstead, New York; Shaker Heights, Ohio; Compton and Baldwin Hills, California; and other American suburbs. The collection features photographs, letters, property deeds, personal interviews, artifacts, and compelling archival film footage that trace a 20th-century narrative of migration and community-building that reveals a rich tapestry of contradictions and the persistence of hope.
Open now. Ends December 31st, 2015.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard., New York, NY, 10037, (917) 275-6975, http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg