Back of Book:
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.
I have never heard of Schomburg but after reading this book, I realized that he played a very important role in history. This book is an extensive and well written biography about the man who built a library. I loved learning about the history that Schomburg researched. It opened my eyes to amazing men and women in history of African decent. Each page of this book discusses a different part of Schomburg’s life His thirst for knowledge was never ending. He spent his life collecting books, painting, and pamphlets that would help the rest of the word. This is one of those books that needs to be shared during Black History Month.
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