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Soul has been used to describe cities, rhythms, collective power, and the ultimate place of change. Visit the Schomburg Center for an institution-wide escapade through the many facets of soul embodied in black experiences archived at the Schomburg over the last 91 years. With conversations and special exhibits from our five research divisions, we will highlight the sacred, rebellious, and lyrical ways soul has and continues to be displayed through African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.

The Schomburg Center’s annual Open House is an opportunity for the public to meet our librarians, archivists and curators. Enjoy light refreshments, visit our newly renovated divisions and current exhibitions, and attend programs in the Langston Hughes Auditorium.

Schedule of Activites


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM | Lapidus Center presents a behind the scenes look at the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s exhibition Slavery and Freedom. Langston Hughes Auditorium

7:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Film Screening: Soul City + Panel Conversation
Langston Hughes Auditorium

“Soul City” is a documentary short that tells the story of a group of civil rights activists and city slickers who attempt to build a multiracial utopia in the heart of Klan Country, North Carolina in the 1970s. Their pioneering efforts to jumpstart this black-owned, black-built town run up against tenacious enemies that still face idealists and dreamers today--ingrained racism, public skepticism, and unwillingness on the part of the government to think outside the box to solve social problems. As this group of dreamers try to bring together unlikely allies to support black power and economic development, they are forced to balance their soaring idealism with the hostile reality of the times.

8:30 PM Closing Reception
Langston Hughes Lobby


ALL divisions will be open from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM for the Open House. Each division will showcase items throughout the night and staff will be available to answer questions about how to make the most of your next visit to the Schomburg.

Vindicating Evidences of Soul in Moving Images & Recorded Sound (MIRS) Division
3rd Floor, Landmark Building ---NEWLY RENOVATED DIVISION

The Heart and Soul of Harlem in Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books (MARB) Division 
2nd Floor, Main Building ---NEWLY RENOVATED DIVISION

The Culture of Soul in Photographs and Prints Division
3rd Floor, Main Building 

7:00 PM | Conversation with Eric Velasquez, Illustrator for “Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library” in the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research & Reference Division 
C-Level, Main Building- Aaron Douglas Reading Room

7:30 PM | Art & Soul: A Conversation and Art Exploration with Ademola Olugebefola in the Art & Artifacts Division

2nd Floor, Landmark Building ---NEWLY RENOVATED DIVISION

Artist, designer, educator and businessman, Ademola Olugebefola's career has spanned more than twenty-five years. Introduced to the arts at an early age, Ademola is one of the most respected and inventive catalysts of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Primarily a visual artist, he has worked in all areas of the arts. Ademola has created several thousand etchings, woodcuts, serigraphs, lithographs, oils, ink, pencil and charcoal drawings as well as wall and free-standing sculptures and murals. You will hear more from the artist and see items from our archival collection of his works. Take a look at the research guide online: http://nypl-research.libguides.com/c.php?g=639705&p=4567153



6:30 PM - 8:30 PM | Youth Programs
American Negro Theater (ANT)


Visit our Schomburg Shop for the latest books Five-Carat Soul by James McBride and Black Detroit by Herb Boyd, books by your favorite authors like Roxanne Gay, Jayson Reynolds, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, home textiles by Royal Jelly Harlem, new items from artisan Rachel Stewart, and more!

***8:00 pm Book Signing with Eric Velasquez Illustrator for the children's book “Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library”



Have you visited our two exhibitions Power in Print and Black Power? Today is the perfect chance to see them! The exhibition galleries will be open til 9:30 pm during the Open House.

Power in Print
Ends March 31, 2018.
Power in Print explores the art of the Black Power movement poster, showcasing a variety of aesthetics, styles, and messaging strategies.

Black Power!
Ends December 30, 2017.
Curated by Dr. Sylviane A. Diouf

19 Oct 2017
6:00pm - 9:30pm EDT

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