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FILM: Changing Face of Harlem by Shawn Batey

The Changing Face of Harlem Via HarlemCondoLife.com

The Changing Face of Harlem is a new one-hour documentary that examines the revitalization of Harlem told through the deeply personal stories of its residents, small business owners, politicians, developers, and clergy.

The piece takes a critical look at Harlem’s history, early development, and its present transformation, and highlights how a community deals with the challenge of maintaining identity while accepting change.

Three central characters serve as a thread throughout the film providing personal insight into the changes.

Frank, affectionately known as the “mayor of 114th street,” has lived on the same block since the 1940.  Tekima, a florist located in Mart 125 located across from the Apollo Theater on 125th street, opened in 1986.  Asadah, an educator who teaches youth in East Harlem.

Other contributors include Congressman Charlie Rangel, Rev. Calvin Butts of Abyssinian Baptist Church, local architect Zevilla Preston, Nellie Bailey, Director of Harlem Tenants Alliance, Karen Phillips, co-founder of Abyssinian Development Corporation, and Russell and Maurice Grey, father and son owners of Edward Sisters Realty, a black owned and operated agency that has serviced the Harlem community for three generations.

via About The Film | Changing Face of Harlem.

Edelman and McInerney to receive 2010 Harlem Renaissance Award

By NativeNewYorker

Marian Wright Edelman —Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund, and Thomas J. McInerney —Chief Operating Officer of ING Insurance and Chairman of the ING Foundation, will be honored at the Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, June 2, 2010. 

Marian Wright Edelman

Established in 1995, the Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment celebrates the history, culture and indomitable spirit of the Harlem Community.  The Leadership Breakfast is a fundraising event for the Abyssinian Development Corporation (ADC).  This year’s event will take place in Shepard Hall at City College of the City University of New York.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, along with hundreds of New York’s most influential business, civic, philanthropic and

Rev. Calvin O. Butts

political leaders are expected to join host Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, ADC’s Founder and Chairman and the Pastor of Abyssinian Baptist Church.

The Abyssinian Development Corporation is the nationally renowned not-for-profit organization launched more than 20 years ago by one of Harlem’s most famous churches, the Abyssinian Baptist Church.  This comprehensive community development corporation has played an important role in revitalizing the socioeconomic fabric of the Harlem community throughout its impressive history of developing quality affordable housing, spearheading commercial development, fostering education, strengthening families and building community capacity through civic engagement. ADC’s Education Movement, a national model for private investment in public education, sponsors the award-winning Abyssinian Head Start Program, the Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, and the Thurgood Marshall Academy for Learning and Social Change (middle and high school).  

To RSVP or to obtain more information about the Leadership Breakfast call 646-442-6533 or email HRDC2010@adcorp.org.

Harlem Renaissance Day of Commitment Leadership Breakfast

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 at 7:30a.m.

 The Great Hall at Shepard Hall, City College of the City University of New York on 138th Street and Convent Avenue