Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
By Carole Boston Weatherford
Free verse poems tell the story of Arthur Schomburg, whose extensive collection of books, letters, art and music documenting African culture and history formed the foundation of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, one of the preeminent archives for researchers worldwide. Schomburg was inspired by the dismissal of African history by his elementary school teacher to document and reveal the African influences in western culture, and particularly in American history. Schomberg’s collection included books and documents by Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, Toussaint Louverture and Nicolás Guillén. After the collection outgrew the space available in his home, Schomburg found a new place for it at the New York Public Library, where he served as a curator.
Dramatic oil paintings by Eric Velasquez that illustrate both Schomburg’s quest for knowledge and the historical figures that he researched vividly complement the engaging text. This is an inspiring tale for those who love libraries and history, and of the difference one individual can make.Check Availability