Schomburg: The Man who Built a Library Teaching Guide

This teaching guide for Schomburg: The Man who Built a Library , a biography of a man who wanted to increase the public's knowledge regarding African culture, includes discussion questions, vocabulary lessons, and various activities. The discussion questions enhance students' comprehension of the text, while also focusing on the hardships of immigrants and African Americans during that time period. The activities revolve around social studies, history and poetry to give the students a glimpse into the life of Schomburg.
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Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library
Author: Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator: Eric Velasquez

Amid the scholars, poets, authors, and artists of the Harlem Renaissance stood an Afro–Puerto Rican named Arturo Schomburg. This law clerk’s life’s passion was to collect books, letters, music, and art from Africa and the African diaspora 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 and curated a collection that was the cornerstone of a new Negro Division. A century later, his groundbreaking collection, known as the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, has become a beacon to scholars all over the world.

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