Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Written by Carole Boston Weatherford and Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk's life's passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora and bring to light the achievements of people of African descent through the ages. When Schomburg's collection became so big it began to overflow his house (and his wife threatened to mutiny), he turned to the New York Public Library, where he created and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

Age Range 9 - 12 years
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Copyright Year
Page Count
48
Publisher
Candlewick Press
Grade Level 4 - 7
ISBN
9780763680466
Lexile 1100
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