African American Studies

Deborah Cullen’s gives a welcoming speech at the opening of Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey at Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery.

James Baldwin, the eminent novelist, essayist and social critic would have turned 90 this year.

The 1940s have always held a special allure for Farah Griffin, who grew up hearing “stories about the era that just made it very interesting to me, very glamorous and mysterious.”

Learn more about Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African American Artist, on exhibit at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery through December 8, 2012 Visitor Information Hours Robert S. Duncanson: An Antebellum African American Artist.

Alexander Gumby in 1950. Gumby's Autobiography in Scrapbooks, Number 5. (Image credit: Columbia University Libraries)

L.S. Alexander Gumby may be one of the most influential historians of early 20th century African American life in New York—even though he never wrote a traditional volume of history.

Some 35 million people visit Central Park each year, but only a few of them realize how much history lies beneath their feet.

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