What Might James Baldwin Say?

By Diane Richard

As a black girl growing up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the 1960’s, I was mesmerized whenever I saw James Baldwin on television, a dark skinned “Negro” man with piercing, animated eyes, exuding the confidence and intellect equal to any white person I had ever seen and heard before. Continue Reading →

We Look Forward To “My Soul Looks Back” By Jessica B. Harris In Harlem

Jessica B. Harris, preeminent culinary scholar of the African Diaspora, cookbook author, and journalist, pens a memoir about a time in her life shaped by a romance with fellow college professor Sam Floyd, as well as friendships and chance encounters with cultural icons James Baldwin, Maya Angelou, and Nina Simone. Continue Reading →

New ‘James Baldwin,’ T-Shirt From Harlem World Gear (15% Discount)

This is “James Baldwin,” T-shirt is one of our favorites with a white t-shirt and a high resolution drawn image by visual artist Danny Tisdale from the Harlem World Gear. Continue Reading →

Schomburg Center Acquires Jazz Legend Sonny Rollins’ Personal Archive (Photographs)

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at The New York Public Library today announced the acquisition of American tenor saxophonist and jazz legend Sonny Rollins’ personal archive. Continue Reading →

Rich Blint And Darryl Pinckney Talk James Baldwin With The Schomburg (Audio)

As the Schomburg continues to celebrate the timeless brilliance of literary icon James Baldwin, and their recent acquisition of his personal papers in our collections, they invite you to revisit this moving conversation.
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James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time: A Conversation In Photographs And Prose In Harlem

Join us for a conversation on James Baldwin and the influence of The Fire Next Time with literary guests and photographer Steve Schapiro, moderated by Kevin Young, Director of the Schomburg. Continue Reading →

James Baldwin’s Personal Archive Headed To Harlem

The works of James Baldwin are coming home. The personal archive of the Harlem native, literary icon and civil rights leader has been acquired by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the center announced Thursday. Continue Reading →

Claude Lewis, Harlem Native And Founder Of National Association of Black Journalists, Dies At 82

Claude Lewis, one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists and a Harlem native, has died at the age of 82, his family says.  Continue Reading →

A James Baldwin Literacy Across Harlem Day

On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, (and the first day of every month) is Literacy Across Harlem Day, a day on which Total Equity Now encourages all Harlemites, east to west, north to south to #RockThoseReads. Continue Reading →

The Schomburg Center And Maysles Documentary Center Present: ‘I Am Not A Negro’ In Harlem

In honor of Black History Month, the Schomburg Center and Maysles Documentary Center invite you to join us for a free community preview screening of the Oscar-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro directed by Raoul Peck. Continue Reading →

Upcoming Events At The Schomburg Center In Harlem

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Just so you can start planning ahead as the holidays approach, check out these Schomburg events for the end of November and early December 2016.

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James Baldwin On “Beautiful” Harlem Streets NY 1963

In his speech and writings, James Baldwin describes a bleak, lonely, hungry exile in which he and all American blacks, whatever their station and fortune, go from dawn to dusk in constant terror. His early exile began in Harlem's streets which he later said were filled with beautiful black people despoiled by the pressure of the white world. He is shown walking on a street in New York, June 19, 1963. (AP Photo/Dave Pickoff)

Novelist, playwright, and essaying James Baldwin on the street of his hometown in Harlem, New York, June 3, 1963.

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Hazel “The Darling Of Café Society” Scott, 1920 – 1981 (Video)

Hazel_Scott_19561Hazel Scott, June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981. She was called the “Darling of Café Society” back in 1939 when Harlem New York was alive with the sounds of swing. Continue Reading →

‘James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket’ At The Schomburg In Harlem

james baldwinBack in 1989, the 16mm version of James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket received stellar reviews and awards. Now considered a documentary film classic, the original Baldwin film has been re-mastered in 2K HD with the help of the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts in honor of James Baldwin’s 90th birthday. Continue Reading →

Shop Harlem: James Baldwin, ‘A Rap On Race’ Signed

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A curated selection from the Shop Harlem store, it’s a first edition of A Rap On Race, a book by Margaret Mead and Harlem man James Baldwin, and signed by the brilliant James Baldwin.

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