Scenes from the Schomburg


Last week, after trekking what seemed like endless city blocks to the Studio Museum of Harlem, I arrived to find that the museum was closed. Being that this was the second time that this has happened, you would think that I would have checked their operating hours before making the trip. Feeling the frustration of not wanting to waste a day in New York, inspiration instructed that I make my way to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. I had no idea what would be awaiting there, but decided, today I will venture into the unkown!

IMG_1520As I entered the Schomburg, I had no idea what to expect. It is a center for research and I wasn’t really prepared with any topics, so when the gentleman at the front desk asked if he could help me, I replied that I was “here to see the exhibit.” He directed me to the “Motown: The Truth is a Hit” exhibition and suggested that I visit the book store, and then check out the “Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution.” Unfortunately, pictures of the Motown exhibit were forbidden, but I did capture some from “Funky Turns 40.” If you have the chance to visit the Schomburg and are a lover of music and/or African-American culture, I highly suggest that you check out the Motown exhibit. Barry Gordy was truly a pioneer and is an entrepreneurial and musical genius. His words and deeds inspired me greatly to press on with my dreams.

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution





IMG_1517For further information about the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, its events, exhibits, lectures, and research tools, visit The Schomburg is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in New York, New York.

Photography by Ajua Hawkins.

Copyright Ajua Hawkins 2014


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