Derrick Adams

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The Virtual Edition


Thank you to everyone who tuned in to the 2nd Schomburg Center Literary Festival! We had 35 of the most talented writers and influential figures in Black culture, today. The conversations were an antidote to isolation and unease proffered by injustices happening all around us. From prose to poetry, the virtual festival brought together narratives across cultures, identities, and geography. If you missed a live session, all of our content is still available on

~Schomburg Center, Public Programs Department


Novella Ford

Associate Director, Public Programs and Exhibitions


Khaliliah Bates

Associate Producer, Public Programs

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival is generously sponsored by

Deutsche Bank

Americas Foundation

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Schomburg Center's

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. 




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.

Schomburg Lit Fest

515 Malcolm X Boulevard (135th St and Malcolm X Blvd)

New York, NY, 10037

The Schomburg Center Literary Festival

is generously sponsored by

the New York Life Foundation and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation