Upcoming Events At The Schomburg Center In Harlem

November 4, 2016

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Just so you can start planning ahead as the holidays approach, check out these Schomburg events for the end of November and early December 2016.

Got your phone out, here’s the list:

Wednesday, November 9 @ 6:30pm

Lapidus Center Presents: The African Burial Ground and Beyond (25th Anniversary)

FREE – Register here: schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com


On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the African Burial Ground (ABG), Columbia sociologist Alondra Nelson, Howard University biologist Fatimah Jackson, City University of New York anthropologist Leith Mullings, Connecticut State University anthropologist Warren Perry, and Michael Blakey, anthropologist and a National Endowment for the Humanities professor at the College of William & Mary, where he directs the Institute for Historical Biology, will discuss the significance of the ABG, and the new research in ethnohistory, anthropology, genetic ancestry testing, and archaeology that help provide a better understanding of the lives of enslaved men, women, and children.

Thursday, November 10 @ 6:30pm

Black Power 50 Films: “¡Palante, Siempre Palante!”

FREE – Register here: schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com


In the midst of the Black Power Movement, liberation was sought by communities across the globe. In the U.S., Puerto Rican and Latino/a communities fought for economic, racial and social justice. The Young Lords emerged as a powerful voice for the independence of Puerto Rico, empowerment and improved living conditions in America. ¡Palante, Siempre Palante!, directed by Iris Morales, a grassroots activist who was the first woman to join the East Harlem branch of the Young Lords, features interviews with activists. After the screening, Morales will join three former Young Lords–Martha Arguello, Carlos Aponte, and Carlos Rovira –for a talkback with Johanna Fernandez, PhD, professor of History, Department of Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College (CUNY).

Monday, November 14 @ 6pm

Genealogy at the Schomburg Center: Caribbean Edition

FREE – Register here: schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com


Join us to learn the basic steps and the best resources in genealogical research. Learn how you can research your family history and the times and places where they lived using the collections and databases available in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division. This class will focus on Caribbean genealogy and includes both lecture and hands-on instruction. Bring your own laptop if possible.

Monday, November 28 @ 6:30pm

Between the Lines | Rich Blint, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, and Kiese Laymo

FREE – Register here: schomburgcenter.eventbrite.com


The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race edited by Jesmyn Ward uses James Baldwin’s 1963 examination of race in America, The Fire Next Time, to engage “eighteen of today’s most original thinkers.” Rich Blint will moderate this conversation with two of the book’s contributing writers, Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, “The Weight,” and Kiese Laymon, “Da Art of Storytellin’ (a prequel).” Blint is the 2016-2017 Scholar-in-Residence at Pratt Institute. He is also the co-editor (with Douglas Field) of a special issue of African American Review on James Baldwin and contributing editor of The James Baldwin Review. Blint was also featured in our podcast series, “Schomburg Mixtape,” discussing the importance of Baldwin’s work.

Friday, December 2 @ 6pm

First Fridays | Black Tie Holiday Edition

Tickets: $25


The Schomburg Center is proud to present our Holiday Black Tie Edition of First Fridays, our popular monthly social gathering. This event will pay tribute to our rich history and vast collection that is accessed across the world. Celebrate the holidays at this lavish cocktail affair with light hors d’oeuvres catered by The Seasoned Pot, and a glass of wine from 6pm to 7pm. Groove the night away with beats by DJ Sylk, and don’t miss the evening’s host, Dhalimu from Dhali’s Closet. We’ll also have a special musical performance from Dewon, signature drinks, and invite you to explore our pop-up exhibition, Black Power 50. Suggested dress code is cocktail chic!

Thursday, December 8 @ 6:30pm

Visually Speaking | Jamel Shabazz

FREE – Advance registration required


Brooklyn born Jamel Shabazz has been capturing New York life since he was 15 years old. In his gaze were his peers, members of the local Mosque, elders in their Sunday best, families–all members of communities that shared familial bonds. He recently released a new book, Pieces of A Ma, which he’ll discuss along with his photographic contributions to “preserve world history and culture.”

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard at 135th Street, New York, New York,

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