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About The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem is the world’s leading cultural institution devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. One of four research libraries of The New York Public Library and seeded by the collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg over 90 years ago, the Schomburg Center collects, preserves, and provides free access to materials documenting Black life locally, nationally, and internationally.   Learn more at

The Schomburg Education Department

The Schomburg Education Department provides high-quality learning experiences related to the Schomburg Center’s archival collections for students, educators, and people of all ages, by building on the long black community tradition of education for liberation. In our programs and activities, learners of all ages can gain new perspectives on black history, culture, and politics and can acquire skills of inquiry, critical thinking, creative expression, and social action. The Schomburg Education Department also works with all types of educators to share and develop best practices for teaching and learning.


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The Junior Scholars Program is a learning community that champions youth leadership, critical thinking, and creative expression through research, collaboration, and activism. Last year's culminating project was based on their study of Malcolm X, entitled: The By Any Means Necessary Project.

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These conversations brings together  scholars and thinkers whose work examines the long history of Black people.  The founding curators of this series, Professors Jeanne Theoharis (Brooklyn College/CUNY) and Komozi Woodard (Sarah Lawrence College), introduced a new paradigm that challenged the older geography, leadership, ideology, culture and chronology of Civil Rights historiography. Jeanne Theoharis continues in her role and is joined by Robyn Spencer (Lehman College/CUNY).

CBFS is supported by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the City University of New York (CUNY), Graduate Center. Additional support provided by Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation.

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