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!
As 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
For further information about the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, its events, exhibits, lectures, and research tools, visit www.nypl.org. The Schomburg is located at 515 Malcolm X Boulevard in New York, New York.
Photography by Ajua Hawkins.
Copyright Ajua Hawkins 2014