Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

by Carole Boston Weatherford illustrated by Eric Velasquez


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    • Grades: 3 - 6
    • Ages: 8 - 12
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    • Format: Paperback Book
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Short Summary
This Afro-Puerto Rican collector made it his lifelong mission to document the richness of African American art and culture.

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Artful Biography Written in Verse, Luminous Illustrations, Inspiring Real-Life Hero, Celebrating (and Protecting) African American Culture, Future Book Collectors

Topics and Themes:
Arturo Schomburg, Harlem Renaissance, New York Public Library, Books, Letters, Other Literary Collectibles, African American Studies

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Amid the authors and artists of the Harlem Renaissance, one stood out as totally unique: an Afro-Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa 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 a collection that became the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.
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    • Grades: 3 - 6
    • Ages: 8 - 12
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 9" x 10 7/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-338-53749-9