Black Liberation Reading List
For 95 years, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has preserved, protected, and fostered a greater understanding of the Black experience through its collections, exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. In response to the uprisings across the globe demanding justice for Black lives, the Schomburg Center has created a Black Liberation Reading List for adults, teens, and kids. The titles on the list represent books the staff and the public turn to regularly as activists, students, archivists, and curators, with a particular focus on books by Black authors and those whose papers are stewarded by the Schomburg Center. While no list can be complete, the list includes not just anti-racist books, but those that embody Black Liberation in terms of history, poetry, and even joy.
Nearly all of the books on the list can be borrowed for free in a digital format via The New York Public Library’s e-collections, including its e-reader app SimplyE. Select titles are also available for purchase through the Schomburg Shop.
SCHOMBURG CENTER LITERARY FESTIVAL
The Virtual Edition
September 21 - 26, 2020
Reading the African Diaspora expands our long tradition of championing authors of African descent from across the globe and publications that celebrate Black history and culture. The inaugural day-long book festival has been reconfigured as a virtual festival which took place over six days. We featured readings, panel discussions, book selling and more for all ages, from prose to poetry, comic books to young adult novels, fiction and non-fiction.
The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is generously sponsored by the New York Life Foundation and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.