The students visited the Schomburg Center for Black Culture library and Museum and had a guided tour of the Apollo Theatre before having a last meeting as a group at Red Chilli’s restaurant in Harlem where there were many tearful goodbyes.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. The Center consists of three connected buildings: The Schomburg Building, the Langston Hughes Building, and the Landmark Building. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg 90 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide. It has also promoted the study and interpretation of the history and culture of people of African descent. In 2015, it won the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration. The Jamaicans and Americans went on a guided tour of the Schomburg.
The tour of the Schomburg was followed by a guided tour of The Apollo Theater a music hall noted for African-American performers. It was the home of Showtime at the Apollo, a nationally syndicated television variety show which showcased new talent, from 1987 to 2008, encompassing 1,093 episodes. The students got a chance to perform on the world famous Apollo stages.
Then the students together had a final dinner at Red Chili’s restaurant, prior to the Jamaicans return home. The final meeting was very moving, the students have bonded and their was a lot of tears.
2 thoughts on “It’s so hard to say goodbye …”
Just want to take the time out to say a big “thank you” to you Miss Jacqueline Bishop and all those responsible for beginning and completion of this project.
These kids were exposed in a positive way to something totally different from their normal customs thanks to you and the other persons involved,it brought tears to my eyes to see the smiles on the faces of these kids who probably would have never gotten an exposure of this magnitude if it weren’t for someone with a big dream and a big heart.
Miss Bishop this is something that will stand out in my mind and heart for the rest of my life,these are the sought of things that moves me.I hope that you and the other person’s involved will be blessed in such a way that you can continue on your journey with very few glitches.
Once again I would like to say a big “thank you” you’re work will not go unnoticed,touching the heart of a kid comes with a blessing you could never imagine from the bright smiles to the yapping of a lifetime because you have had them talking which and have left them with a lifetime memory which noone can erase.Keep up the good work and be blessed with all my love.
Lisa Robinson -Taylor
We are all so thankful for your words Lisa Robinson-Taylor.