Category Archives: History

A’Lelia Walker Who Made A Ritzy Space For Harlem’s Queer Black Artists

Walker’s Hudson River parties played a crucial role in the Harlem Renaissance: They provided a safe, welcoming space for queer black artists at a time when they were often pushed into the shadows. Source: Remembering A’Lelia Walker, Who Made A … Continue reading

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Bobby Womack – Across 110th Street

We continue to be fascinated by “where Harlem begins and ends”. Not just in terms of Harlem’s physical boundaries.  But in terms of the many changes happening in and around Harlem which alter day to day life within Harlem, as … Continue reading

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Infamous Harlem: Izola Ware Curry Who Stabbed King in 1958 Dies

Izola Ware Curry, Who Stabbed King in 1958, Dies at 98 www.nytimes.com In 1958, Ms. Curry stabbed the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a Harlem book signing — an episode that a decade later would become a rhetorical … Continue reading

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

“Your feet will bring you to where your heart is.” Irish Proverb Happy St. Patty’s Day Harlem!

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Martin Luther King Day – Alice Walker Adds Perspective

I always love Martin Luther King’s day. It gives me what feels like a special opportunity to get re-acquainted with or newly connected to new and valuable people, places and things. The link below to an amazing interview with and … Continue reading

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QUOTE: Common “Selma is now”

“I am the hopeful black woman who was denied her right to vote. I am the caring white supporter killed on the front lines of freedom. I am the unarmed black kid who maybe needed a hand but was instead … Continue reading

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QUOTE: Nelson Mandela

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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The Great Maya Angelou Has Passed On

Maya Angelou died at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on Wednesday, said her literary agent, Helen Brann. The 86-year-old was a novelist, actress, professor, singer, dancer and activist.  In 2010, President Barack Obama named her the recipient of the … Continue reading

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Obscure Harlem Gems at AtlasObscura (#HarlemObscura)

AtlasObscura.com is “an online compendium of the world’s wonders.  In addition to the website we regularly host unique lectures, behind the scenes tours and highly-stylized cocktail galas in unusual places with the hopes of encouraging exploration and discovery amongst our … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day: African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina

The first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. During the war, Union soldiers who were prisoners of war had been held at the Charleston Race … Continue reading

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