More than five hundred people have signed the petition to save the Schomburg. The response to the petition has been global, which means that the reputation and the status of the famed research center reaches far beyond Harlem.

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Among the responses to the petition, at least indirectly, is Paul LeClerc, President of the New York Library, to whom the petition was addressed. In a letter to the editor in the Amsterdam News, LeClerc assured the residents of Harlem and the lovers of the Schomburg that the facility was not about to be removed from the community.

“The Schomburg is a treasure trove of millions of art objects, rare audio and videotapes, books, manuscripts, motion picture films, newspapers, periodicals, photographs, prints, recorded music discs, and sheet music,” LeClerc wrote. “It is a unique and improbable history of achievement and it is here to serve.”

But despite LeClerc’s assurances, a number of community activists, members of the Coalition to Save the Schomburg, are proceeding with their forum to discuss the history and economic circumstances of the valuable institution, and possibly to alert the community and to hold LeClerc to his promise.

On Wednesday, July 7, at 6:30pm there was a panel discussion at the Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. State Office Building. The panelists, with an additional purpose to install Dr. Molefi Asante as a replacement for the departing Dr. Howard Dodson, included Omowale Clay, Bernard White, Nellie Bailey and Dr. James McIntosh.