May 13, 2015 04:00 PM
By Gina Nisbeth, Director, Citi Community Capital
For most of us, there are only a few times in our careers when we have the opportunity to be a part of something bigger than ourselves—something way, way bigger than ourselves. That time came for me when I learned about the project to help renovate the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York.
I grew up in Washington, D.C., in a family with deep connections to the African American story in the United States. From a very early age, I was familiar with work and mission of the Schomburg Center, and their status as a cultural icon for African Americans in this country. My parents often took me to visit as a child, and I have since taken my own children to the center. The Schomburg is a research center and cultural archive for black history, the Harlem Renaissance, and materials from the civil rights movement and the time that has followed.