Reclaiming My West Indian Roots
As a young girl growing up in Jamaica — and later in Brooklyn, NY — I often heard the poetry of Louise Bennett (Jamaicans affectionately call her “Miss Lou”) permeate the air. One of my earliest recollections of Miss Lou’s lyricism was hearing the term mout amassi (big mouth). The term comes from the title of one of her most popular poems about a young lady, Liza, who loves to...
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Join Rodney King at the Schomburg Center on April 24. For free tickets, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3370971667
Word Rapport: The Riot Within by Rodney King
On Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30 p.m. join Rodney King at the Schomburg center discussing his memoir, The Riot Within. Rodney King’s The Riot Within is a powerful, revealing memoir in which an unlikely icon tells for the first time the full story of his life, taking the reader through a moment-by-moment account of the experience of the infamous beating and harrowing stories of the widespread...
Remembering Paul Robeson
Paul Leroy Robeson, the youngest of five children, was born in Princeton, New Jersey on April 9, 1898. Robeson attended New Jersey public schools and was one of only two Blacks in high school where he was an outstanding student and a star football and baseball athlete. Achieving an outstanding high school record, he won a four-year state scholarship to attend Rutgers despite his bigoted high...
Playing the Violence Card →
Schomburg Center Director Khalil Gibran Muhammad penned a recent op-ed in The New York Times on how “The violence card perpetuates the notion that violence against black people is not society’s concern but rather a problem for black people to fix on their own.”
Remembering Gil Noble
Gil Noble was the Emmy Award-winning producer and host of the public affairs program Like It Is. As a journalist and television producer, Gil Noble worked to dispel the negative images of African Americans in media. The notable host of the long-running public-affairs program Like It Isalso pushed for clear ethics and objectivity in journalism.—TheRoot.com
Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. [[MORE]]One of the most visible advocates of nonviolence and direct action as methods of social change, Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta on 15 January 1929. As the grandson of the Rev. A.D....
Remembering Elizabeth Catlett
Art must be realistic for me, whether sculpture or printmaking, I have always wanted my art to service my people—to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential…. I try to tell young artists, black artists, that there’s a great need for their work. Some are only interested in doing what they want to do, not what people need.—Elizabeth Catlett ...
Talks at the Schomburg: Alexander McCall Smith
Join Alexander McCall Smith at the Schomburg Center on April 15, 2012—for his ONLY Manhattan appearance—to discuss his new book, The Limpopo Academy of Private Detection. Tickets are still available: http://www.showclix.com/event/223525 “In this latest episode in the beloved, best-selling series, the kindest and best detective in Botswana faces a tricky situation when her...