Tickets are still available for the Tongues of Fire Choir concert! This is presented as part of Blink Your Eyes: Sekou Sundiata Revisited, a city-wide retrospective that pays tribute to the life, work and legacy of artist, poet and educator Sekou Sundiata. Join us at the ApolloTheater on April 27 at 8 p.m. for this lyrical journey as each poet explores the idea of “What’s in a name?”
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Join Symphony Space’s as it revsits the classic novel: The Street, by Ann Petry, as part of its Thalia Book Club series
Sapphire (Push), Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts (Harlem is Nowhere), and actress Sonia Manzano (The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano) and other writers explore the gritty, emotional 1946 classic set in Harlem. Actress Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson; The Help) will read an excerpt.
Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York, NY 10025
Tickets: $25; Member $21; 30 & Under $15
SPECIAL OFFER! Film pricing for Schomburg Society members: $5 with code: Street. Call the Symphony Space box office at 212-864-5400 or click here and use the offer code: Street. If you are not a Schomburg Society Member, please join to take advantage of this special price.
Harlem Resonance Spring Festival
April 2 - May 11
Symphony Space’s 2013 Spring Festival celebrates the Harlem Renaissance and its continuing influence. Rooted in history, grounded in culture, and built in partnership with innovative artists and peer institutions, the third annual multi-disciplinary spring festival presents a panoply of diverse performances and screenings.
Columbia University’s new Community Scholars Program is seeking nominations and applications for its inaugural class. The Community Scholars Program is being originated as one of the benefits and amenities to be provided to the local community as part of Columbia’s Manhattanville Campus Expansion. The inaugural cohort will be made up of 5 Scholars and the program will begin in Fall 2013, with an application deadline of April 18, 2013.
The Community Scholars Program offers independent, community-based scholars from Northern Manhattan access to a suite of Columbia University services and resources in order to work toward the completion of a particular project or to attain skill in a particular area. The program will allow these scholars a formal opportunity to participate in the intellectual life of the university, providing opportunities for interaction with faculty, students, and other visiting scholars. It will help to foster and deepen ties between the University and the many independent members of the cultural and intellectual community surrounding it.
Scholars will be appointed for terms of up to three years, and will be selected by a committee that may include senior staff, deans and faculty and may also include leaders from local cultural institutions.
At the end of each Scholar’s appointment, the tangible outcome of his or her term at the University would be submitted to remain accessible for future Community Scholars and others to review.
Eligibility: New York City residents of Manhattan living north of 96th Street and currently not affiliated with Columbia University; High School Diploma, GED or equivalent. Download the application here.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture strives to continuously spread the seed of knowledge to our community.
In honor of Puerto Rico’s Emancipation Day (Día de la Abolición de Esclavitud—March 22, 1873), we are honoring an important historian, scholar, and activist who was a central figure in collecting and preserving the artifacts, and the experiences and culture of the black Diaspora during the Harlem Renaissance, and whose collections contributed to the foundation of our research center—Mr. Arturo Alfonso Schomburg (1874-1938).
Arturo Alfonso Schomburg was born on January 24, 1874 in the Spanish colony of Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico to a black West Indian mother and a German immigrant father. In 1891, Schomburg migrated to New York where he became involved with the nationalist intellectuals of the Cuban and Puerto Rican communities, and later black internationalism.
Mr. Schomburg was a scholar, historian, author, and activist in the United States, and his vast collection of black history and culture was purchased in 1926 by the Schomburg Library in Harlem, New York. The library was named after Mr. Schomburg in October 1972, in honor of his commitment to collecting and documenting Black contributions to the world. Today the Schomburg Center possesses one of the richest collections on black history.
For an in-depth biography of Mr. Arthur Schomburg and his experiences and contributions visit here.
The Negro Speaks of Rivers by Langston Hughes
I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young.
I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep.
I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it.
I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln
went down to New Orleans, and I’ve seen its muddy
bosom turn all golden in the sunset.
I’ve known rivers:
Ancient, dusky rivers.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.
We hope to see you here at the Schomburg Center!
Harlem Fashion Show, Harlem (Leonard Freed, 1963). This photograph is featured in the exhibition Posing Beauty in African American Culture curated by Deborah Willis. Currently on view at the University of Southern California Fisher Museum of Art from September 7 to December 3, 2011.