March 11, 1959: Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun opens at Barrymore Theater, New York—the first play by a black woman to premiere on Broadway.
Photo Credit: NYPL Digital Gallery
Friday, March 14, 2014 | 6:30 pm
In celebration of Women’s History Month, The New Legacy Leaders Project presents:
A Dream to Fly, a one woman play, written by acclaimed actress Madeline McCray, about the world’s first female black aviator, Bessie Coleman.
The play will be followed by a panel discussion with Madeline McCray and special guest Jackie Joyner Kersee, Olympic Triple Gold Medalist.
Tickets can be purchased for $15 and $25 online here or at Denny Mo’s Barbershop (2496 Frederic Douglass Blvd.)
On this day (March 7, 1965), 600 Civil Rights activists, who were supposed to go from Selma to the capital of Montgomery in Alabama to protest the shooting death of activist Jimmy Lee Jackson, were met with violence from state and county officers. The unarmed marchers were beaten and gassed as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge. The news coverage of the incident shocked the nation, gained the sympathy of whites throughout the country for the civil rights movement, and led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Photo Credits: The Library of Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Federal Government, respectively.
Between the Lines: Sylviane Diouf | Thursday, March 13, 2014 | 6:30 PM
Award-winning historian and Curator of Digital Collections at the Schomburg Center, Sylviane Diouf delivers an in-depth look at who the maroons were in the larger context of resistance during American slavery in her book, Slavery’s Exiles: The Story of the American Maroons. Diouf will be in conversation with Eric Foner, Pulitzer Prize winner and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University. A book signing will follow the event.
For more information and to register, click here.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has been chosen as a 2014 finalist for a National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Now in its 20th year, this award is the nation’s highest honor for extraordinary public service, recognizing institutions that are valuable community anchors. As a member of our community, we ask you to please share your own stories about the Schomburg Center here: www.facebook.com/USIMLS.
Today we remember South African singer and civil rights activist, Zenzile Miriam Makeba (“Mama Africa”), who was born on this day, March 4, in 1932.
Original Photo Credit: Paul Weinberg
Between the Lines: Jacob S. Dorman
Saturday, March 8, 2014 | 4:00-6:00 PM
Join us for a talk and book signing of Chosen People: The Rise of American Black Israelite Religions with author Jacob S. Dorman, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas. Dorman will be in conversation with Josef Sorett, Assistant Professor of Religion and African-American Studies at Columbia University and interdisciplinary historian of religion in America, with a particular focus on black communities and cultures in the United States.
For more information and the register, click here.
On this day (March 2), Claudette Colvin became the first person to challenge the racial segregation in intrastate public transportation. Nine months prior to Rosa Parks, 15-year-old Claudette refused to give up her seat to a white woman. Educated about black history and her constitutional rights, Claudette recalls years later, “I couldn’t get up that day…History kept me stuck to my seat. I felt the hand of Harriet Tubman pushing down on one shoulder and Sojourner Truth pushing down on the other.” Ms. Colvin was one of four women plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, the court case that successfully overturned bus segregation laws in Montgomery and Alabama.
Colvin’s story had long been muted within the civil rights era narrative. In 2009, Phillip Hoose gave voice to Colvin’s story with his book: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice. Hoose’s book is available for purchase in the Schomburg Gift Shop.
First Fridays | March 7, 2014 | 6:00-9:00 PM
Join us as we bring Carnaval to the Schomburg with samba music by DJ Laylo, plus Brazilian light fare from Brooklyn’s Miss Favela. It will be a First Fridays you won’t want to miss. Wear colors of the Brazilian flag and bring your dancing shoes!
For more information and to register click here.
Today, the Schomburg Center, in collaboration with the Studio Museum, presents: Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man.
- The 10am session can be watched via LiveStream* here.
- The 1pm session is available via LiveStream* here.
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Saturday, March 1, 2014: Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man.
Ralph Ellison lived in Harlem from the late 1930s until his death on April 16, 1994. He was a prominent figure in the neighborhood’s overlapping literary and artistic communities. Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man honors this legacy through a landmark collaboration between two leading Harlem-based cultural institutions. The participating artists in the program have been specially curated by The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Schomburg Center teams, following in both institutions’ tradition of exploring Harlem as a site for artistic and literary creation.
For more information, click here.
Can’t make it? Ellison at 100 can be watched online via Livestream. Stay tuned tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM for the link.
Women’s Jazz Festival 2014
Mondays, March 10, 17, 24 & 31 at 7 p.m.
March is Women’s History Month and at the Schomburg we mark this occasion with our Women’s Jazz Festival. Now in its 21st year, Women’s Jazz is our signature performance series. Singer, composer, producer, and activist Toshi Reagon returns to curate three of the four concerts. This year’s lineup includes:
The Blues Project
Spelman Jazz Ensemble
Meshell Ndegeocello and Mem Nahadr
Carolyn Malachi and THESatisfaction
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I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself.
— Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Saturday, March 1st, we’re partnering with The Schomburg Center to present Ellison at 100: Reading Invisible Man. This week we’ll be sharing our favorite Ralph Ellison or Invisible Man quotes or artwork using #Ellison100. Stay tuned and use the hashtag to share your favorite quotes and artwork too! (via studiomuseum)