Valdes, Vanessa K. Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg.

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Valdes, Vanessa K. Diasporic Blackness: The Life and Times of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2017, pp. 192, ISBN: 978-1-4384-6513-5.

This book examines the life of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg through the lens of both Blackness and latinidad. Schomburg was a Puerto Rican-born scholar of African heritage who was a well-known collector and archivist whose personal library was the basis of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. He was an autodidact who matched wits with university-educated men and women, as well as a prominent Freemason, a writer, and an institution-builder. While he spent much of his life in New York City, Schomburg was intimately involved in the cause of Cuban and Puerto Rican independence. In the aftermath of the Spanish-Cuban-American War of 1898, he would go on to cofound the Negro Society for Historical Research and lead the American Negro Academy, all the while collecting and...

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