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When: 11/29/2012
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture | The New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
NYC, Harlem 

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Saturday, December 8 at 6 p.m.

Exhibition Preview:

From Cover to Cover: 20 Years of African Voices

Be the first to view the artwork in the exhibition From Cover to Cover, curated by Danny Simmons. From Cover to Covercelebrates the 20th anniversary of African Voices magazine. Photo essays and other archival pieces will give viewers a historical perspective on various black art and literature featured in African Voices. Special guest: Sonia Sanchez.

Free! Registerhere.

Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 p.m. Ordinary People: The Black Gay and Lesbian Archive (BGLA) Film Series

In The Polymath, or The Life and Opinions of Samuel R. Delany, Gentleman, documentarian Fred Barney Taylor crafts a fascinating portrait of Samuel R. Delany, an award-winning, African-American gay author whose credits include everything from science fiction to several issues of the Wonder Woman comic book. Using a range of experimental techniques and borrowed footage from Delany's home movies, Taylor captures his subject's thoughts on racism and violence, and his struggles with sexual identity. Please join us for a special screening of The Polymath. A talkback with Taylor will follow.

Free! Register here.


Wednesday, December 5, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

African Diaspora International Film Festival

Join the African Diaspora International Film Festival as they present an eclectic mix of urban, classic, independent, and foreign films that depict the richness and diversity of the life experience of people of African descent.

Tickets: $25, $12, and $10. Purchase tickets here.


Friday, December 7 at 6 p.m.
First Fridays at the Schomburg

First Fridays is back! Please join us at our popular monthly social gathering. Explore our current exhibitions and enjoy live music and designer drinks by Melba's.

Free! Registerhere.


Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. Roots and Stars: The Rite Path

Join us as we explore an ancient system of time traveling and soul adventuring: the Rite of Passage. In this special conversation we will examine traditional rites repurposed for cosmopolitan realities. Presenters Atilah Kadijah Yaa Odedefaa Manyansa and Kamau Ptah will lead this journey to retain and refine our values and systems of development.

Presented in collaboration with the Caribbean Cultural Center Africa Diaspora Institute.

Free! Registerhere .


Friday, December 14 at 6 p.m. Curator's Talk: From Cover to Cover

Join us for an evening of inspiration and reflection with curator Danny Simmons who will lead a conversation with artists Verna Hart, Francks Deceus, Faith Ringgold, and Ademola Olugebefola on their art and the role of the artist in today's society.

Presented in collaboration with African Voices and related to the exhibition From Cover to Cover.

Free! Register here.


Saturday, December 15 at 4 p.m.

Family Fun at the Schomburg:Celebrating Tar Beach

Javaka Steptoe, a children's book illustrator and fine artist, will conduct an arts workshop for people of all ages. The workshop will use Faith Ringgold's celebrated children's book, Tar Beach, as an inspiration. Come and make gifts for the holidays for your friends and family.

Presented in collaboration withAfrican Voicesand related to the exhibitionFrom Cover to Cover.

Free! Register here.


Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Ordinary People: The Black Gay and Lesbian Archive (BGLA) Book Club Series

The Schomburg's BGLA presents a reading of new works by Cheryl Boyce-Taylor and Cheryl Clarke as part of this month's Ordinary People book club.

Free! Register here.


Friday, December 14 at 10:30 a.m.

Rhythms of Resistance

Utilizing assorted drums, cymbals, tambourines, and marimbas, as well as the body percussion rhythms of shout, juba and jive, master percussionist David Pleasant will illustrate how these forms of communication helped forge a language of resistance against slavery. Don't miss this master musician, storyteller, and trailblazer in African and Gullah/Geechee traditions. Grades 4 and up.

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Visualizing Emancipation

Through March 16, 2013

Thisexhibition features prints, photographs, sculptures, books, newspapers, letters, coins, and documents pertaining tothe experiences of enslaved and freed black women, men, and children during the pre- and post-Civil War eras.


From Cover to Cover: 20 Years of African Voices

Latimer/Edison Gallery

December 8, 2012 to January 19, 2013

Curated by Danny Simmons, From Cover to Coverwill feature a diverse selection of the journal's cover artists, such as Faith Ringgold, Otto Neals, Justin Bua, Francks Deceus, James Top, Elizabeth Catlett and Verna Hart.


GMAD at 25: A History in Words and Images

Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

Through December 31, 2012

This exhibition highlights milestones in the organization's history, as well as offers a glimpse of its activities for a quarter of a century.


Movements and Moments in Spring
American Negro Theatre
Through December 31, 2012

Movements and Moments in Springwas organized and curated by Gloria Aziza Lawyer to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of this historical association.

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