Dr. Martin Luther King Jr In Harlem NY 1958

dr-martin-luther-king-jr-in-harlemIn 1958, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was still basking in the glory of his legendary triumph that ended the thirteen-month Montgomery bus boycott he had led: the U.S.Supreme Court’s 1956 decision to desegrate buses in Montgomery, Alabama. Continue Reading →

“In Harlem Lane” In Harlem New York 1700’s

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A rare pen and Ink drawing by Archibald Robertson titled “In Harlem Lane” Harlem, New York, when this pen and ink drawing was executed in the 1700’s Harlem was lush rural farmland. Continue Reading →

Hazel “The Darling Of Café Society” Scott, 1920 – 1981 (Video)

Hazel_Scott_19561Hazel Scott, June 11, 1920 – October 2, 1981. She was called the “Darling of Café Society” back in 1939 when Harlem New York was alive with the sounds of swing. Continue Reading →

Black Jews, The Commandment Keepers In Harlem, 1910

black jews in harlemBlack Jews started forming Harlem congregations in the 1910s, based on the conviction that Africans were descended from ancient Hebrews and that Christianity was a religion imposed on them during enslavement in America. Continue Reading →

The 21st Annual Juneteenth Celebration In Harlem

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The tradition continues with the  Annual Juneteenth Celebration. A day for African Americans to observe the glorious day Union General Gordon Granger entered into Gavelston,TX on June 19, 1865, reading aloud the emancipation which led to the freedom of 250,000 slaves.  Continue Reading →

Cassius Marcellus Clay ‘The Pied Piper of Harlem,’ 1963

1963 Cassius Clay The Pied Piper of Harlem Followed By FansThe  great photograph above is of a 21year old Cassius Marcellus Clay ‘The Pied Piper of Harlem’, being followed by his Harlem fans on 125th Street in Harlem on December 17th, 1963. Continue Reading →

African Americans’ Memorial Day in Charleston, South Carolina, 1865

Memorial Day African Americans invented Memorial Day in Charleston South CarolinaThe first widely publicized observance of a Memorial Day-type observance after the Civil War was in Charleston, South Carolina, on May 1, 1865. Continue Reading →

Orson Wells ‘Macbeth’ Lafayette Theater Harlem 1936 (video)

Lafayette-Theatre-Macbeth-1936-in harlem1For days, Harlem residents strolling anywhere between Lexington Avenue and Broadway from 125th to 140th Streets had seen the word “Macbeth” for Orson Wells stenciled in glowing paint at every corner.
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Madame Ophelia DeVore, The Harlem Hostess, 1922 –

tumblr_mn8lz0YNNX1qjv1g0o1_400Ophelia DeVore was the first creole-mixed model in the United States. She was born on August 12, 1922 in Edgefield, South Carolina. Continue Reading →

Gladys Bentley’s Mona’s Club 440, Harlem, 1942 (video)

monas1945The advertisement above if for Mona’s Club 440 in 1942, with the explicit use of the word “gay” featured prominently. Continue Reading →