H arlem, New York. The First Friday evening of each month, rain or shine, from 6 pm to 8pm the popular social gathering has returned. As you enter the center, guests are encouraged to take a self-guided tour of the museum. One can explore the exhibition gallery, The most popular for the evening was the Langston Hughes exhibition, The Langston Hughes Collections at the Schomburg Center includes books as well as autographed manuscripts, typescripts and drafts of poems and books; scripts for radio, motion pictures and television; Broadway revues and musicals; programs, playbills, photographs and sound recordings from the icon.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks, the renowned photographer, writer and filmmaker. Beginning Thursday, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York is commemorating the centennial with an exhibition of 100 of his images from six decades, several on public display for the first time. The exhibition, called “Gordon Parks: 100 Moments,” The free exhibition, at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, in Harlem, continues through Dec. 1.
The bookstore has an array of reprints and art available for purchase, the discounted book stand was heavily trafficked and the outside garden party was very inclusive to even the shyest wall flower.
Attendees were welcome to indulge in the wonderful Hors d’œuvre and beverages catered by Melba’s while enjoying the live music of DJ Lumumba. There’s diversity both in the crowd and among the galleries, adding flavor to the experience. This was a Wonderful way to meet and greet members of the community while you discover the arts. Harlem’s cultural ambiance and history cannot be absorbed in just one visit I recommend experiencing what this historical landmark has to offer with such a rich collection of knowledge.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, a research unit of The New York Public Library, is generally recognized as one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world. For over 80 years the Center has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life, and promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of peoples of African descent. The Schomburg Center consists of three connected buildings: The Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building and the Landmark Building. The Schomburg Center promotes the study of the histories and cultures of peoples of African descent and interprets its collections through exhibitions, publications, and educational, scholarly and cultural programs. http://www.nypl.org/locations/schomburg
Events at the Schomburg http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1711628110?s=9375290
Melba’s is a south Harlem restaurant serving American comfort food. The owner Melba Wilson, who is niece to Sylvia Woods (of Sylvia’s fame) http://www.melbasrestaurant.com/