There’s something about this institution that when you walk through these doors you stand up a little bit straighter, you know that you’ve come from something bigger than you, something that is rich and something that is regal.
– Gina Nisbeth, Director of Community Capital at Citi
The Schomburg Center, now in its 90th anniversary year, is one of the world’s leading research centers devoted to the preservation and dissemination of materials on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences around the world. While some people may not be as familiar with the legacy of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg and the Schomburg Center’s significance, you can learn more here and by checking out episode 2 of Progress Makers, which features the Schomburg Center.
Progress Makers is a short doc series by Citi Group that sheds light on how they use innovative financing to preserve American historical sites, restore natural habitats, and share unique cultural stories. This episode was sponsored by Gina Nisbeth, Director of Community Capital at Citi, who shares how the Schomburg Center has impacted her life and the community.
It also features interviews with Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Schomburg Center’s Director, along with Shola Lynch, Curator of Moving Image & Recorded Sound, and other curators and volunteers who discuss the collections, what the Schomburg Center means to them, and their passion to continue the mission and legacy set forth by Arturo Schomburg.