Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library

Arturo Schomburg was an Afro-Puerto Rican man of Crucian descent who was part of the Harlem Renaissance. Schomburg was a writer, an activist (primarily for Puerto Rican and Cuban independence), and a historian who was appointed as curator of the Schomburg Collection of Negro Literature and Art at the 135th Street Branch (Harlem) of the New York Public Library in 1932, a position he held until his death in 1938. The branch was later renamed in 1972 as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in his honor. A picture book written about Schomburg, entitled “Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library” may be a good way to introduce this figure to your elementary school students. Reading is Fundamental has two resources to accompany the book, one for grades 3-5 and one for grades 6-8. Teaching Books also has a variety of resources for this book, including a cultural representation reflection, discussion questions, and a book reading.