14th ANNUAL ARTURO SCHOMBURG SYMPOSIUM: Migration of African People to the Americas History and Comtemporary Perspectives

Taller Puertorriqueño Presents
14th Arturo A. Schomburg Symposium
Migration of African People to the Americas
History and Comtemporary Perspectives

Migración de Africa a las Américas
Historia y Perspectivas Contemporáneas


Saturday February 27, 2010  9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Taller Puertorriqueño’s Education Building
2557 N. 5th St. Philadelphia PA 19133

Arturo A. Schomburg (1874-1938) was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico to María Josefa, a freeborn black midwife from St. Croix, and Carlos Federico Schomburg, a merchant of German heritage. Schomburg was educated at San Juan, Puerto Rico’s Instituto Popular, and at St. Thomas College in the Danish ruled Virgin Islands, where he studied Negro Literature. One of his teachers claimed that blacks had no history, heroes or accomplishments. This patently false claim inspired Schomburg’s life long quest to find the truth and to document the accomplishments of Afro-Latinos. In 1911 Schomburg co-founded with John Edward Bruce the Negro Society for Historical Accomplishments. Today, Schomburg’s collection of literature, artifacts, music, and art is housed in New York City at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.


Arturo A. Schomburg (1874-1938) nació en Santurce, Puerto Rico en el 1874. Fueron sus padres María Josefa, una comadrona de raza negra nacida libre en la isla de Santa Cruz, y Carlos Federico Schomburg, un comerciante de ascendencia alemana.  Schomburg se educó en el Instituto Popular de San Juan, Puerto Rico, y en el colegio danés en las Islas Vírgenes. Uno de sus maestros le comenta que los negros no tenían historia, ni heroes, ni logros.  Este fundamental falso comentario inspira la búsqueda de toda una vida para encontrar la verdad y para documentar los logros de las personas de ascendencia Afro-Latina. En el 1911 Schomburg co-funda, con John Edward Bruce, la Sociedad Negra para Logros Históricos. Hoy, la colección que Schomburg amasara en literatura, artefactos, música y arte está localizada en la ciudad de Nueva York, en el Centro Schomburg para la Investigación de la Cultura Negra.



Speakers and Presentations


Howard Dodson, Ph. D., Chief, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture_NYPL, and author of “In Motion, the African-American Migration Experience” abou the role the migration of men and women of African origin have had./El rol que la migración que los hombres y mujeres de Africa han tenido.


Daryle Williams, Ph.D, Associate Professor of History, University of Maryland, and author of "The Intrepid Mariner Simão: A journey at the End of the Slave Trade”./El Intrépido Marinero Simão: Una trayectoria en la postrimería de la venta de esclavos.


Steeven Coupeau, Ph.D, President of NYIHA MEDIA, a New York-based media company that has released several documentaries including “The Challenge of Co-Existence” by Tigu Guimaraes, a documentary on Haitian migration./”El Desafío de la Co-existencia”, sobre la migración de Haití y Santo Domingo.  


Irma J. Watkins Owens, Ph.D., Associate Professor of African and African American Studies, Fordham University, New York City.


Anne Eller, Ph.D. History candidate, NYU.  An overview of the history of the tensions between the Dominican Republic and Haiti/Perspectiva de la historia de las tensiones entre dominicanos y haitianos.


PANEL: African Diaspora: Immigration, Racism and Legal Policies with.../ Diáspora Africana: Inmigración, Racismo y Políticas Legales con... Joyce Miller Esq., Civil Rights Advocate in Philadelphia and others

Registration options/Opciones para registrarse:

In person/ en persona; Taller Puertorriqueño @ 2721 N. 5th St. Philadelphia PA

Phone/ teléfono; by using your credit card: 215.426.3311/usando su tarjeta de crédito llamar 215.426.3311

Mail/ correo: send your registration form with a check/money order payable to/enviar su forma de registración con su cheque a:Taller Puertorriqueño c/o: Schomburg Symposium. 2721 N. 5th St. Philadelphia PA 19133

Download the PDF registration form online at www.tallerpr.org


Admission includes Continental Breakfast and Lunch/admisión incluye desayuno ligero y almuerzo.

Deadline for Registrations/Fecha límite para registrarse:

Thursday February 25th by 3 p.m./ jueves 25 de febrero.

Cost/Costo $20.00 in advance/Por adelantado 

$25.00 at the door/En la puerta


Taller members, seniors and students with I. D. receive 50% discount/50% de descuento para miembros,  envejecientes y estudiantes con identificación.

The official registration and financial information of Taller Puertorriqueño, Inc. may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1 (800) 732-0999.  Registration does not imply endorsement.






Name Sales End Price Fee
14th Annual Achomburg Symposium Taller Puertorriqueño non member Ended $20 $0.99
Arturo Schomburg member and student ticket Ended $10 $0.99

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