Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Signatory: Alvin Starks, Director of Strategic Initiatives

Joined: November 2015

Contact: Novella Ford, Manager, Public Programs

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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture will co-host and collaborate on planning for a convening of researchers, writers, advocates and artists addressing issues facing black girls and women to support public awareness, community building and efforts that align with the Collaborative. As a co-host, the Schomburg will provide its expertise, space, communications, and partnership with other institutions in the Collaborative to ensure wide public engagement with intersectional research.

In March 2016, the Schomburg hosted the event “Standing in Formation” as part of the Talks at the Schomburg series. “Standing in Formation” investigated the relevance of black women and girls as social change makers that continue to shape the contours of racial justice, feminism, and human rights. The panel included Beth Richie, professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice at University of Illinois at Chicago and author of “Arrested Justice: Black Women, Violence, and America’s Prison Nation,” Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, and Joanne N. Smith, Executive Director and founder of Girls for Gender Equity, Ramatu Bangara, Program Officer at the NoVo Foundation and Dani McClain, contributing writer for The Nation.

“I find it important to be part of this initiative to ensure that the many voices and issues within the Black community are amplified both through public engagement and archival collection. As an archive dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the global black experience, the collaborative allows us to gain insight to research and introduces us to  talented researchers and scholars who mirror our mission by ensuring the lives of women and girls are represented.”

Novella Ford, Public Programs Manager