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Spring 2015 Conversations —- Freedom Studies — Schomburg — nyc

The Schomburg is delighted to present a fresh line up of exciting dialogue and invite you to join the conversation. Don’t wait and reserve your seat. RSVP here!

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is one of the world’s leading research facilities devoted to the preservation of materials on the global African and African diasporan experiences. A focal point of Harlem’s cultural life, the Center sponsors programs and events that illuminate and illustrate the richness of black history and culture.

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Spring 2015 Season: 

February 5 — 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X: Malcolm X and Black Radical Women 
with Rosemari Mealy, Komozi Woodard and Gloria Richardson

“Malcolm X was assassinated 50 years ago in February 1965. Women such as Betty Shabazz, Queen Mother Moore, Vicki Garvin, Yuri Kochiyama, Mae Mallory, Abbey Lincoln, Maya Angelou and Gloria Richardson were among the first and foremost to establish February as a month to remember Malcolm X’s sacrifices for Black Liberation and had been key to Malcolm X’s developing political vision before he was killed. However, in those fifty years, scholars have habitually neglected the role that such women played in drafting blueprints for the Black Power Generation.


Please join Gloria Richardson, Rosemary Mealy and Komozi Woodard in an important discussion of that central yet neglected dimension that women played in the radicalization of Malcolm X. At the helm of the Cambridge Movement, Gloria Richardson was the model for Grassroots leadership that Malcolm X outlined in Message to the Grassroots. Professor Rosemari Mealy is the author of several books, including Fidel and Malcolm X.

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And, Professor Komozi Woodard is the author of an article Rethinking Malcolm X: Women in the Making of Malcolm X and A Nation within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics.”  

                                                                     – Jeanne Theoharris and Komozi Woodard


March 5 — Race and the Criminal Justice System: Political Prisoners, Resistance, and Mass Incarceration Part I 
with Bryan Stevenson, New York University; Dan Berger, University of Washington; and Victoria Law, Activist/Writer. 

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“From Ferguson to Staten Island, the #blacklivesmatter campaign has put the  treatment of Black people in the criminal justice system front and center in public conversation.  Police brutality and the unequal treatment of Black people in the criminal justice system have a long history in the United States; as do campaigns to challenge it.  Join us for an exciting two-month conversation where we explore this bigger history of mass incarceration; the racial inequalities of policing, prosecution and sentencing; the long history of political prisoners; and the campaigns of resistance built by black communities and prisoners themselves from the civil rights era to today.

We are joined by six authors of important books that are must-reads for people interested in the long history of racial inequality and Black resistance in the criminal justice system: Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy); Dan Berger (Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era), Vikki Law (Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women) in March; Ruth Wilson Gilmore (Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California ); Laura Whitehorn (The War Before: The True Life Story of Becoming a Black Panther, Keeping the Faith in Prison, and Fighting for Those Left Behind) and Arun Kundnani (The Muslims Are Coming: Islamophobia, Extremism, and the Domestic War on Terror).”

— Jeanne Theoharris and Komozi Woodard


April 2 — Race and the Criminal Justice System: Political Prisoners, Resistance, and Mass Incarceration Part II 

with Laura Whitehorn, Activist; Ruth Gilmore, The Graduate Center, CUNY; and Arun Kundnani, New York University. 

May 7 — Black and Brown Coalitions 
with Sonia Lee, Alejandra Marchevsky and Johanna Fernandez  at 6 p.m.

with Sonia Song-Ha Lee, Washington University in St. Louis; Alejandra Marchevsky, California State University, Los Angeles; and Johanna Fernandez, Baruch College, CUNY.


Books for the Conversations in Black Freedom Studies Series are available for purchase in the Schomburg Shop! Visit us and read up in advance!

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See you all soon!

Phone: (212) 491-2234
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
The New York Public Library
515 Malcolm X Boulevard
New York, NY 10037
Schomburg Education presents this dynamic adult education series with a full line up of provocative scholars and community members committed to engaging dialogue about black freedom studies.  The Spring 2015 semester is curated by professors Jeanne Theoharis (Brooklyn College/CUNY) and Komozi Woodard (Sarah Lawrence College).

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