1. Flashback. March 23, 1939. Lenox avenue and 135th street. 

Photo Credit: Schomburg Photographs and Prints Division and the NYPL Digital Gallery.

    Flashback. March 23, 1939. Lenox avenue and 135th street. 

    Photo Credit: Schomburg Photographs and Prints Division and the NYPL Digital Gallery.

  2. March 20, 1883: Jan Matzeliger receives a patent for the shoe-lasting machine, launching a mass production of shoes. 

Photo Credit: NYPL Digital Gallery

    March 20, 1883: Jan Matzeliger receives a patent for the shoe-lasting machine, launching a mass production of shoes.

    Photo Credit: NYPL Digital Gallery

  3. Watch last night’s engaging and powerful conversation at the Schomburg Center: Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith.

  4. Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:00 PM
Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and the Global History of Segregated Cities
Featuring: Carl Nightingale, University of Buffalo; Karen Miller, Laguardia Community College; and Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan.
Books for the Conversations in Black Freedom Studies Series are available for purchase in the Schomburg Shop. Visit us and read up in advance!
For more information and to register, click here. 

    Thursday, April 3, 2014, 6:00 PM

    Conversations in Black Freedom Studies: The Jim Crow North and the Global History of Segregated Cities

    Featuring: Carl Nightingale, University of Buffalo; Karen Miller, Laguardia Community College; and Matthew Countryman, University of Michigan.

    Books for the Conversations in Black Freedom Studies Series are available for purchase in the Schomburg Shop. Visit us and read up in advance!

    For more information and to register, click here

  5. Tune in Wednesday, March 19, 2014 for: 
Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche with Zadie Smith
This event is sold out but can be viewed online via LiveStream*
For more information about this event, click here.
*To use LiveStream you must login using Facebook or an email address.
[Photo Credits: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie by Ivara Esege, 2013; Zadie Smith by Dominique Nabokov, 2012]

    Tune in Wednesday, March 19, 2014 for: 

    Between the Lines: Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche with Zadie Smith

    This event is sold out but can be viewed online via LiveStream*

    For more information about this event, click here.

    *To use LiveStream you must login using Facebook or an email address.

    [Photo Credits: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie by Ivara Esege, 2013; Zadie Smith by Dominique Nabokov, 2012]

  6. Join us Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2pm for the second installment of Before 5, our popular series of midday events. 
Join author A’Lelia Bundles for a conversation on Joy Goddess of Harlem, her forthcoming biography about her great-grandmother, A’Lelia Walker. Bundles will also share rarely seen vintage photographs and memorabilia with a focus on A’Lelia Walker’s life, parties, friends, and arts patronage in Harlem.
For more information and to register, click here. 

    Join us Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 2pm for the second installment of Before 5, our popular series of midday events. 

    Join author A’Lelia Bundles for a conversation on Joy Goddess of Harlem, her forthcoming biography about her great-grandmother, A’Lelia Walker. Bundles will also share rarely seen vintage photographs and memorabilia with a focus on A’Lelia Walker’s life, parties, friends, and arts patronage in Harlem.

    For more information and to register, click here

  7. 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

    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

  8. Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 10:00-1:00 pm | Jerome Greene Hall*, Room 103 |


The Columbia Black Law Students Association Presents: The Paul Robeson Conference  with a panel discussion entitled:

 Exploring the Role of Student and Lawyer Activism in the Creation of Transformative Policy.

Featured Panelists: 





Angela Fernandez ‘98: Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
Judith Browne Dianis ‘92 : Co-Director of the Advancement Project
Brenton Mock: Reporter and Political Correspondence for Colorlines
Jessica Attie: Attorney with the New York State Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau

Closing remarks by Columbia Law School Professor Olatunde Johnson.







There is no cost to attend the conference and lunch with be provided to those who RSVP to this email address: clsrobesongala@gmail.com




*Jerome Greene Hall
435 West 116th Street
New York, New York

    Saturday, March 29, 2014 | 10:00-1:00 pm | Jerome Greene Hall*, Room 103 |
    The Columbia Black Law Students Association Presents: The Paul Robeson Conference  with a panel discussion entitled:
     Exploring the Role of Student and Lawyer Activism in the Creation of Transformative Policy.
    Featured Panelists: 
    • Angela Fernandez ‘98: Executive Director of the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights
    • Judith Browne Dianis ‘92 : Co-Director of the Advancement Project
    • Brenton Mock: Reporter and Political Correspondence for Colorlines
    • Jessica Attie: Attorney with the New York State Attorney General’s Civil Rights Bureau
    Closing remarks by Columbia Law School Professor Olatunde Johnson.
    There is no cost to attend the conference and lunch with be provided to those who RSVP to this email address: clsrobesongala@gmail.com
    *Jerome Greene Hall
    435 West 116th Street
    New York, New York

  9. 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.)

    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.)





  10. 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.

    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.

  11. Join us tomorrow evening at First Fridays as we celebrate Carnaval—Brazilian style. In addition to samba music and dancers and light Brazilian fare, we will screen the 1959 classic Orfeu Negro in our American Negro Theatre. We will also have special giveaways courtesy of the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.

    Free! Register

  12. 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.  

    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.  

  13. 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. 

    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

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  14. 
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

    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

  15. 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. 

    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