The year 2020 is like no other. It marks the celebration of four centennials in America -- Prohibition, the Jazz Age, the Harlem Renaissance, the Woman's Right to Vote and the 150th anniversary of the 15th amendment. Our experience bridges these important time periods together. We begin at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the premier center of its kind in the world. We'll explore how Africans, forced to leave their homeland, came to both the Caribbean and the Americas through slavery. You will understand how they impacted food, music, popular culture and dance with exhibits, film or sound. Their struggle made Harlem a center for social movements from the mid 1880s to the present. We touch on the Trans Atlantic Slave trade, its impact on human relations between American-born citizens and immigrants at that time. We'll delve into the New Negro Movement, which sparked the modern civil rights movement in this country and explore depression-era exhibitions such as the recently restored WPA murals in Harlem Hospital. Together, we’ll discover how we can learn how to heal from the past to move towards a better future.
I am a Harlem community organizer, art curator, and founder & executive director of the West Harlem Art Fund, which organizes high-profile public arts exhibits throughout New York City. She also produces radio podcasts on the creative arts throughout NYC. If you wish to listen to a podcast go to spreaker.com/show/savona-bailey-mcclains-show
We meet at the Schomburg Center is a research library and an archive repository for information on people of African descent worldwide.