The Arthur Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is a New York Public Library research library that was founded on the media collection of Puerto Rican scholar Arturo Alfonso Schomburg from the Harlem Renaissance. 🇵🇷
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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
(between 135th and 136th St)
(2)(3) to 135th St
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 🇺🇸📚
nypl.org/blackcomicbookfestival 📚🎪 Wednesday- Saturday, January 13-16, 2021. FREE
Friday-Saturday, January 17-18, 2020
Friday-Saturday, January 18-19, 2019
Buy, sell, learn, watch or show your stuff at this family comic book festival
HARLEM; Mon-Sat, Jan 15 to Apr 6, 2019; African photography exhibition ~ Behind-the-scenes pictures of Dr. King traveling, at rest, and in celebration
The Schomburg Story
Schomburg was born in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1874. A grade school teacher told him that Black people have no history, heroes or accomplishments. Of course that is ignorant nonsense from another era, but it inspired the young man to prove his teacher wrong. He became a commercial printer and began to study Black literature. He moved to New York in 1891 and began collecting.
In New York, the young man continued his research and began writing. He joined some of the first scholarly organizations for people of color. Schomburg was one of the scholars of the Harlem Renaissance (1918-mid 1930s).
The New York Public Library purchased the Schomburg collection in 1926, made him curator and renamed the 135th St Branch Library after him. He died in 1938 and is buried at Cypress Hills Cemetery in Brooklyn.
Not many people get libraries named after them, and certainly no uncultured ones. Schomburg sure proved that old teacher wrong. Some people say mean things just to make you upset so you can’t progress. It’s the colonizer’s game, but don’t play the game. Ignore it, go to the library and develop yourself.
Today we all follow in the footsteps of people like Schomburg who refused to be put down and held back. He is a great Puerto Rican, a great New Yorker, and a great American, an inspiration for all generations.