By: Christopher Moore, Curator and Special Projects Coordinator, Schomburg Center Veterans Day honors and remembers all of our men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Today let’s remember all and take a look at some of the 1.1 million African Americans who served during World War II, like the 555th “Triple Nickel” Paratroopers, the 666th “Hell’s Angels” Quartermaster...
Remembering Ken Saro-Wiwa
By Ann-Marie Nicholson, Editor, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture “The writer cannot be a mere storyteller; he cannot be a mere teacher; he cannot merely X-ray society’s weaknesses, its ills, its perils. He or she must be actively involved shaping its present and its future.” Nigerian environmentalist, author and television producer Ken Saro-Wiwa lived and died by these words...
J. Edgar: From Garvey to Gaye
By: Christopher Moore, Curator and Special Projects Coordinator, Schomburg Center J. Edgar, directed by Clint Eastwood, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, opens nationwide on November 9, 2011. How will director Eastwood represent Hoover’s obsession with African-American leaders: from Garvey to Gaye? From Marcus Garvey to Marvin Gaye, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover’s investigations of...