Ida Bell Wells-Barnett July 16 1862 – March 25 1931

Mary_Garrity_-_Ida_BIda Bell Wells-Barnett (July 16, 1862 – March 25, 1931) was an African-American journalist, newspaper editor, suffragist, sociologist, and an early leader in the civil rights movement. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Vicki Sue Robinson 1954 – 2000 (video)

A-60316-1266200277.jpegVicki Sue Robinson (May 31, 1954 – April 27, 2000) was an American theatre and film actress and singer, closely associated with the disco era of late 1970s pop music; she is most famous for her 1976 hit, “Turn the Beat Around.” Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Harry Lawrence ‘Wagner’ Freeman, 1869 — 1954

Lawrence_FreemanHarry Lawrence Freeman (October 9, 1869, Cleveland, Ohio — March 21, 1954, Harlem, New York) was a United States opera composer, conductor, impresario and teacher. Continue Reading →

Ben E. King’s “Spanish Harlem” Passes (video)

ben e kingBen E. King was born Benjamin Earl Nelson on September 28, 1938, in Henderson, North Carolina, and moved to Harlem, New York, at age nine. Continue Reading →