A Ballad for Harlem Conversation: Making Community, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Monday, 02. December 2019

A Ballad for Harlem Conversation: Making Community
December 2 | 6:30 PM
Join us for a conversation about the convening power of the barber shop and beauty salons in Harlem and Black communities throughout the country and around the world. Presented in partnership with BAM's presentation of Barber Shop Chronicles by Nigerian-British playwright Inua Ellams, who weaves a rich tapestry of unfiltered stories about father-son relationships and black masculinity, set to an Afrobeat score. 
Photos: (1) Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division, The New York Public Library. "View of Harlem barbershop." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1929. (2) Barber Shop Chronicles (color), Marc Brenner

Get to the Schomburg Center early to view the exhibition and join the conversation.
Black Americans have had to “create sites of endurance, belonging, and resistance through social interaction” noted scholars Marcus Anthony Hunter, Mary Pattillo, Zandria F. Robinson, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor in their 2016 article "Black Placemaking: Celebration, Play, and Poetry." A Ballad for Harlem Conversations explores this definition of black placemaking, having broad appeal for diverse, inter-generational audiences, and provides new perspectives on contemporary issues. 
About the Exhibition
A Ballad for Harlem examines several strands of Black placemaking in the 20th century, offering views of residents and institutions committed to community, innovation, education, fervent political engagement, cultural affirmation, global perspectives, and creativity. Exhibition highlights include the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, the Speakers Corner, items from the recent acquisitions of artist and activists Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis and author Ann Petry, artwork by contemporary Nigeria-based artist Modupeola Fadugba featuring Harlem Honeys and Bears, Harlem's daughter and tennis champion Althea Gibson, sculptures by Augusta Savage, and street scene photography of 1930s Harlem. Over the century that the Schomburg Center has borne witness to Harlem's evolution, A Ballad for Harlem offers contemplation now in the midst of gentrification as new comers and long-time residents navigate the liminal space--a transition between what was and what is to come.
Please contact us immediately for American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation. Requests can be made by calling 212-340-0951 or 212-340-0909, or e-mail accessibility@nypl.org.

FIRST COME, FIRST SEATEDEvents are free and open to all, but due to space constraints registration is requested. We generally overbook to ensure a full house. Registered guests are given priority check-in 15 to 30 minutes before start time. After the event starts all registered seats are released regardless of registration, so we recommend that you arrive early. 
GUESTSPlease note that holding seats in the Langston Hughes Auditorium is strictly prohibited and there is no food or drinks allowed anywhere in the Schomburg Center.
AUDIO/VIDEO RECORDINGPrograms are photographed and recorded by the Schomburg Center. Attending this event indicates your consent to being filmed/photographed and your consent to the use of your recorded image for any all purposes of the New York Public Library.
PRESS Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Amy Geduldig at amygeduldig@nypl.org.
Please note that professional photography and video recordings are prohibited without expressed consent.

Monday, 02. December 2019, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, A Ballad for Harlem Conversation: Making Community

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