Check Out The Upcoming Events This October 2017 At The Schomburg In Harlem

October 4, 2017

Our friends at the Schomburg wanted us to let you know that the fall season at the Schomburg is well underway.

Sharing their October 2017 public programs below. Among them, highlights include:

Thursday, October 5, 2017, 6 p.m.
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: The Fannie Lou Hamer Centennial, Black Women’s Organizing
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium
Free – RSVP
Out of the shadows of the John F. Kennedy centennial, the Schomburg Center’s Conversations in Black Freedom Studies series is excited to present this Fannie Lou Hammer Centennial honoring women of the Civil Rights Movement. Hamer set the pace for the Mississippi Freedom Movement in the 1960s, knocking down Jim Crow barriers to human rights, protesting the Vietnam War, and fighting American poverty. In South Carolina, Septima Clark pioneered the Grassroots organizing tradition with the Citizenship Schools. And in Newark, New Jersey and the Jim Crow North, the Black Women’s United Front established African Free Schools and insisted on women’s rights of self-defense against white terror, including rape. Our panel of scholars and experts for this timely discussion are Katherine Charro, Ashley Farmer, and Charles Payne.

Friday, October 6, 2017, 6 – 10 p.m.
First Fridays: Masquerade Edition
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Lobby
Free – RSVP
In celebration of iconic black horror films, the Schomburg Center is thrilled to present the second annual First Fridays: Masquerade Edition! Our monthly dance social will transform into a Halloween pageant where attendees are encouraged to come as their favorite horror icons. There will be a costume contest, so dress to impress!

Monday, October 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Between the Lines: THE STREET by Ann Petry
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium
Free – RSVP
The Schomburg Center is excited to welcome New York City First Lady Chirlane McCray, the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, NYPL President Dr. Anthony Marx, and other distinguished panelists for a discussion of Ann Petry’s masterful novel The Street, the newest Gracie Book Club selection. Moderated by Schomburg Director Kevin Young, the conversation will explore the 1945 book that traces the life of a young black woman and her spirited struggle to raise her son amid the violence, poverty, and racial dissonance of Harlem in the late 1940s.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
LensCulture: Bee and Rog Walker
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium
Free – RSVP
This inaugural installment of our LensCulture series, featuring emerging and established photographers from the African Diaspora, will feature New York-based photographers Rog and Bee Walker. Their latest work Paper Monday is a visual research project that reflects a practice that is collaborative and multifaceted. Rog and Bee have distinct photographic styles that, together or apart, produce cultural commentaries. Joining the conversation will be Ouigi Theodore, the Founder and Creative Director of the Brooklyn Circus.

Thursday, October 19, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Schomburg Center Fall Open House: Revival of SOUL
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Free – RSVP
Soul has been used to describe cities, rhythms, collective power, and the ultimate place of change. Visit the Schomburg Center for an institution-wide escapade through the many facets of soul embodied in black experiences archived at the Schomburg over the last 91 years. With performances, conversations, and special exhibits from our five research divisions, we will highlight the sacred, rebellious, and lyrical ways soul has and continues to be displayed through African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.The Schomburg Center’s annual Open House is an opportunity for the public to meet our librarians, archivists and curators. Enjoy light refreshments, visit our newly renovated divisions and current exhibitions, and attend programs in the Langston Hughes Auditorium.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Talks at the Schomburg: Black LGBT Health in the United States
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium
Free – RSVP
Black LGBT Health in the United States: The Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation, edited by Lourdes Dolores Follins, PhD, LCSW, and Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, PhD, focuses on the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of health, and considers both risk and resiliency factors for the black LGBT population. Join Follins and Lassiter as they reflect on the findings from the book and the influence politics and culture can have on black LGBT health. This program is presented in partnership with Emil Wilbekin, Founder of Native Son.

Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:30 p.m.
Live from the Archive: Supersonic Blackness: The Archive of the Future
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium
Free – RSVP 
The Schomburg Center and the Rebuild Foundation proudly present an exploration with Theaster Gates (Director of the Rebuild Foundation, as well as a sculpture, installation, performance and urban intervention artist) and Leslie Hewitt (artist and professor at The Cooper Union), on the past, present, and future of the black archive and his pioneering work with Rebuild.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6 p.m.
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: The Strange Career of Jim Crow New York
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Langston Hughes Auditorium
Free – RSVP 
The Black Freedom Struggle against Jim Crow New York is one of the most protracted yet criminally neglected movements for human rights in the USA. Our esteemed panel will unpack this history, approaching how several organizations fought Jim Crow. Tahir Butt will discuss the impact of student politics at CUNY. Brian Purnell will explore CORE in Brooklyn. And Christopher Tinson will examine the radical intellect with Harlem’s Liberator magazine and the black activism of the 1960s.

Friday, November 3, 2017, 6 – 10 p.m.
First Fridays:”Afro-Beat” Edition
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Free – RSVP
Join us for our popular monthly social gathering, where there’ll be live music, signature drinks, an opportunity to network with others in the community. This month we’re celebrating the rich sounds of Afro-Beat music, birthed by Fela Ransome Kuti!With our extended hours, Guests are also invited to check out our three exhibitions Black Power, Power in Print, and Unshackled Ink. And don’t miss a special performance from a surprise guest!

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Photo credit: A rendering of the new Schomburg planned for completion before the end of the year.

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