Harlem Week: How it all began

August 2005
New York Amsterdam News;8/4/2005, Vol. 96 Issue 32, pS2
The article provides information on Harlem Week, which began in 1975 as Harlem Day, a one-day tribute to the glorious history of Harlem, New York City, and to a community of people who live, work, play, learn and worship together. Harlem Week grew out of the desire to bring the revitalization of Harlem as the world-renowned Black and Latino cultural capital of America. During the late 1960's and mid-1970's, following periods of political and economic upheaval, many of Harlem's once-great institutions began to fall on hard times: showcases such as the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Renaissance Ballroom, the Rockland Palace, Small's Paradise, the Theresa Hotel, its once thriving commercial corridors of 125th Street, 135th Street, 116th Street, 145th Street, magnificent churches, historical housing and beautiful parks all fell victim to this paradigm shift.


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