On May 19th, the Schomburg Center celebrated birthdays of Playwright Lorraine Hansberry (90th) and human rights activist Malcolm X (95th). Lorraine Hansberry was born in 1930 and Malcolm X in 1925. Each used words to expand, enhance, and challenge the conversation on how we see ourselves and how the rest of the world sees us.
The Schomburg Center takes an in-depth look at their Lorraine Hansberry and the Malcolm X collection : papers 1948-1965, 1961-1965 [bulk 1961-1964]
collections. There are video interviews “Remembering Malcom X” in which Harlem community members discuss Malcolm X’s impact on the community. The Schomburg Center Junior Scholars program for Students.
|In 2016, Johanna Fernández, writer and professor at Baruch College, moderated a discussion with Dr. Donna Auston, an anthropologist and scholar, Sylvia Chan-Malik, professor of American Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and Esmeralda Simmons, a civil rights attorney. The discussion focused on human rights, social justice, and transformation from the perspective of activist women of color. Poet, writer, and Schomburg Society National Membership Chair Sonia Sanchez was a special guest.|
Dr. Imani Perry, professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Eddie S. Glaude Jr., chair of the Department of African Studies at Princeton University, and Alexsandra Mitchell, a former reference librarian at the Schomburg Center, discussed Dr. Perry’s book Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry. This 2018 conversation explores Hansberry’s life as an activist, playwright, and artist.