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Author: Carole Boston Weatherford Narrator: Ron Butler Publisher: Dreamscape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2017 ISBN: 9781520087290
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“Where is our historian to give us our side?” Arturo asked.

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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  • “Narrator Butler entertains and charms as his narration of Weatherford’s biography does justice to an extraordinary man and his story…Supported by a musical soundscape that establishes the tone, Butler’s voice mesmerizes and transports listeners through Schomburg’s life and times, from Puerto Rico to New York City, to France, Spain, Germany, England, Cuba, and Nashville, Tennessee. His impassioned recitation of the poem ‘Whitewash’ will linger long after the audio concludes.”

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  • The remarkable life and achievements of the Afro-Puerto Rican scholar, collector and curator Arturo Schomburg have [an] ideal chronicler in Weatherford.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The richness and succinctness of Weatherford’s prose…indicate to readers how much more there is to black history if they only started digging for themselves.”

    Huffington Post

  • A Booklist Top 10 Pick of Best Biographies on Audio

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About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of many children books, including Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, which was a Caldecott Honor book, and Becoming Billie Holiday, a 2009 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book.

About the Narrator

Ron Butler is a Los Angeles–based actor, Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, and voice artist with over a hundred film and television credits. Most kids will recognize him from the three seasons he spent on Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. He works regularly as a commercial and animation voice-over artist and has voiced a wide variety of audiobooks. He is a member of the Atlantic Theater Company and an Independent Filmmaker Project Award winner for his work in the HBO film Everyday People.