“In 1636, minister Everardus Bogardus requested a teacher from Holland “to train the youth of the Dutch and the Blacks in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.” A school was opened (to boys only). The institution is today known as Collegiate School. Some of the black children became farmers or learned crafts like carpentry, sail making, and metalworking. Lucas Peters, son of freedman Pieter Santomee, established himself as a barber surgeon (doctor).” " The barber surgeon, one of the most common European medical practitioners of the Middle Ages, was generally charged with caring for soldiers during and after battle. In this era, surgery was seldom conducted by physicians, but instead by barbers, who, in having razorsindispensable to their trade, were called upon for numerous tasks ranging from cutting hair to amputating limbs. " ~https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barber_surgeon ~ Copyright 2017 Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Throwback to the Archtober tour of our renovated Schomburg Center! Here’s a photo of the tour group in the Langston Hughes Lobby. Did you know that Langston Hughes’ ashes are buried underneath the site-specific art installation pictured here?
Children Need Childhoods This week saw World Children's Day.
I thought it only right that I at least make a start on a contribution to the theme. I did actually say it in a classroom situation, but as tomorrow is a new week, I thought I would at least start the series, here online. I remember as a child how I would lovingly linger over books 📚 with Black characters, so it's important to have diversity, as in reality, not that much has changed. There are still Black, Brown and Mixed heritage children who are lacking in confidence around issues about their heritage. The first time I visited the States, I was shocked by large gaps where houses should have been which pointed to a lack of infrastructure in what was then known as Black communities. Following my beautiful cousin's wedding to her lovely groom, I visited #schomburg center and was pleasantly surprised by how the area was uplifted. I couldn't say it was the exact same area, I visited, but conversations seemed to confirm this. It's a real shame that some people such as #trump act as though sections of society have 'come far enough' what we are witnessing is actually called a 'reactionary backlash' it's ok in the movies 🎥 when we have a Black head of police ordering everyone around, but in reality, power sharing is still not an attractive option for some! #ninasimone#baltimore#power#children#youth#newyork#backlashblues#blackgirlswhopaint#blackwomenwhopaint#blackboymagic#blackboys#blackboysread#malcolmx#worldchildrensday#makeamericahappyagain ❤️ #londonbrick#brick#terracotta#greenery#jewel#art#artistoninstagram
Beautiful Life and Career! The #Schomburg Center for Research in #black Culture at The #newyork Public Library has acquired the full archive of actors and activists #ossiedavis and #rubydee . The extensive archive includes more than 178.85 linear feet of material spanning eight decades of the couple’s careers in #theater , #film and #television ; their near 60-year relationship and marriage; and their social, civic, and political activities between 1932 and 2014. #nyc#hollywood#atlanta
I loved the Black Power exhibition at the Schomburg Centre in Harlem. As an Australian I found this to be a powerful exhibition and a reminder that we have still so much to fight for. A photo in the exhibit shows 3 Australian indigenous men. It also recognised Australian Olympian Peter Norman (forgotten and punished in Australia). The civil rights and Black Power movement empowered and influenced many around the world to agitate for and articulate their basic human rights. From Vietnam to India to Australia. As a human being, we must fight for all rights of all peoples. We are one. Your fight is mine. Mine is yours. Thank you for this insightful and deeply moving exhibition. ❤💙💚💛💜🌏🌍🌎✌✊ @Regran_ed from @schomburgcenter - Our Black Power! exhibition will be closing later this month. Make sure you stop by to see it before it closes. We’re here today until 6pm for our annual open house. 👌🏾 - #regrann#equality#Schomburg#Harlem#Australia#firstnations#indigenousrights
A memory from Harlem. When talking to Miss Kay from the Harlem Boutique about our visit to the @schomburgcenter and she brings out her book of Langston Hughes' poems for us to touch and read. Such gentle generosity to educate us on the legacy of these great souls, so often neglected by racism, diminished by a purposeful historical amnesia. These moments remind me that we are a global community, that we have so much in common, and so much has been fought for that affects all of us, and that it is our responsibility to thrive, to ally, to defend. Thank you to those who came before us. "I've known rivers: I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins. My soul has grown deep like the rivers. I bathed in the Euphrates when dawns were young. I built my hut near the Congo and it lulled me to sleep. I looked upon the Nile and raised the pyramids above it. I heard the singing of the Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans, and I've seen its muddy bosom turn all golden in the sunset. I've known rivers: Ancient, dusky rivers. My soul has grown deep like the rivers." #poetry#poet#Harlem#equality#race#history#poem#civilrights#equalrights#advocate#ally#changegonnacome#heritage#culture#responsibility#schomburg#knowledge#history#present