Welcome to the Black Power resource guide. This guide is designed to complement the Black Power! exhibition which is on view at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture through December 2017. The acclaimed catalog of the exhibition, Black Power 50, is edited by Sylviane A. Diouf and Komozi Woodard. Resources on this guide have been selected to provide further information about each of the nine different sections of the exhibition: Organizations, Education, Popular Culture, Political Prisoners, Coalitions, The Look, Black Arts Movement, Spreading the Word, and Black Power International. The guide highlights easily accessible resources intended for general audiences. The items are available to read at the Schomburg Center, other branches of the New York Public Library, or online. It also includes written and audiovisual works created by key figures during the Black Power movement and more recent works that look back on the movement and reflect on the lasting impact it has had across the world.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library is generally recognized as the world’s leading research library devoted exclusively to documenting the history and cultural development of peoples of African descent worldwide. From its founding in 1925 during the Harlem Renaissance, the Center has amassed vast collections of over 10 million items. Resource materials are organized by format into five distinct divisions: Research and Reference; Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books; Photographs and Prints; Moving Image and Recorded Sound; and Art and Artifacts. A cultural center as well as a repository, the Schomburg Center sponsors a wide array of interpretive programs, including exhibitions, scholarly and public forums and cultural performances.