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About the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem is the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. One of four research libraries of The New York Public Library and seeded by the collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg 95 years ago, the Schomburg Center collects, preserves, and provides free access to materials documenting Black life locally, nationally, and internationally.   Learn more at



Past Events at The Schomburg Center 

Take a look back at some of the notable and award-winning authors, poets and books featured at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.  

Sonia Sanchez at Podium


The Schomburg Center honored Sonia Sanchez, the legendary poet, activist, and Schomburg Society National Ambassador and recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement award from the Anisfield-Wolf Awards. Sanchez was joined by poets Aja Monet,  Kevin Young,

Staceyann Chin, Cornelius Eady; author  Walter Mosley; and performers Jadele, Nafisa Sharriff, Atiba Wilson, Edward Jones, and Adanna Alexander.

Jesmyn Ward


MacArthur Genius and two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward discussed her novel Sing, Unburied, Sing in advance of winning the coveted 2016 National Book Award for this title. She was joined on stage by Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation to discuss her process, the context of the narrative, and the bonds of family. 

New Negro book cover


Winner of National Book Awards 2018 for Nonfiction the biography, The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart, former Schomburg Fellow, tells the story of how Locke came to his view of Harlem as a crucible of race consciousness.  Stewart was in conversation with professor Brent Hayes Edwards as part of the Schomburg Center's Between the Lines author series.

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