Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace, Harlem NY 1881 – 1960

daddy grace in harlemMarcelino Manuel da Graça, January 25, 1881 or 1884 – January 12, 1960, better known as Charles Manuel “Sweet Daddy” Grace, or Daddy Grace, was the founder and first bishop of the predominantly African-American denomination the United House of Prayer For All People. Continue Reading →

NYC Emergency Management Launches New Community Emergency Planning Toolkit

The New York City Emergency Management Department today launched a new Community Emergency Planning toolkit designed to guide communities from Harlem to Hollis through developing their own emergency plans. Continue Reading →

Mayor de Blasio To “Fight Nationally And Act Locally” With Faith Leaders

mayor-at-de-blasio-2On Monday, November 14, 2016 in the Blue Room of City Hall, Mayor Bill de Blasio led a discussion with faith leaders to reinforce the Administration’s commitment to protect initiatives that may be at risk during Donald J. Trump’s presidency from Harlem to Hollis. Continue Reading →

Harlem-Based Order Of The Black Nuns Celebrates 100 Years With Cardinal Dolan

nuns Franciscan-Handmaids-Mary-group His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York; the sisters of the Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Inc. (FHM), one of only three orders of mostly Black nuns in Harlem, USA; their families. Continue Reading →

Dietrich Bonhoeffer Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, And Spy In Harlem NY 1920’s

bonhoeffer_portraet01Dietrich Bonhoeffer (German: [ˈdiːtʁɪç ˈboːnhœfɐ]; 4 February 1906 – 9 April 1945) was a German Lutheran pastor, theologian, anti-Nazi dissident, key founding member of the Confessing Church and Harlemite in the 1920’s. Continue Reading →

‘Build Something Better’ Mayor de Blasio Said About On Race Relations In Harlem Church

Bill_de_Blasio_11-2-2013Newsday reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio told congregants of a Harlem church on Sunday that though the nation and city have a history of racism to overcome, progress has been made and hope must not be abandoned. Continue Reading →

A March For Happiness And Opportunity In Harlem

e632be425d785fbb32dcec464ffbA team of Scientologists marched from 133rd street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem to 125th street and Marcus Garvey Park to call attention to a booklet they say can change people’s lives. Continue Reading →

HCCI Celebrates 30 Years Of Service In Harlem

Board PhotoHarlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) celebrated its 30th Anniversary “Let Us Break Bread Together” Awards Dinner on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at Marina del Rey in Throgs Neck, NY. Continue Reading →

Dione Warwick, Melba Moore, Charles B. Rangel And More Celebrate Harlem’s Black Nuns’

nuns5The Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Inc. (FHM), one of only three orders of Black nuns in the United States, was preparing to phase out in 2014. Continue Reading →

The Harlem-Based Order Of Black Nuns Turns 100

black-nuns2 slliderThe Franciscan Handmaids of the Most Pure Heart of Mary, Inc. (FHM), one of only three orders of Black nuns in the United States, was preparing to phase out in 2014.

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George Wilson Becton The “Dancing Evangelist” Of Harlem 1925-1933

harlems george wilon becton1George Wilson Becton was born in Clarksville, Texas, and died in 1933. He was also known as The “dancing evangelist” of Harlem was considered the “first of the colorful cult leaders in Harlem” in the 1930’s. Continue Reading →

LGBT Group Raises Funds To Purchase Atlah Church In Harlem

manning church in harlem via googleLess than two weeks after the ATLAH church, home of virulently anti-LGBT Rev. James David Manning, announced it had been foreclosed and was being put up for auction. Continue Reading →

Harlem-based Order Of Black Nuns Turns 100 (updated)

Franciscan-Handmaids-Mary-groupAn  order of Black nuns, little known beyond New York and one of three original orders of this kind in the United States, is marking its centennial with a gala and benefit on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at 6 p.m. Continue Reading →

Harlem-based Franciscan Handmaids Of The Most Pure Heart Of Mary Celebrate Centennial With A Gala

Franciscan-Handmaids-Mary-groupAn  order of Black nuns, little known beyond New York and one of three original orders of this kind in the United States, is marking its centennial with a gala and benefit on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, at 6 p.m. Continue Reading →

HCCI Honors Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King In Harlem

12410512_977257268979858_5643846681790144587_nPlease  join Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI) for a special General Assembly meeting and Prayer Breakfast celebrating the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King on Friday, January 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 12 noon.  Continue Reading →

No End Yet To Battle Over Upper West Side Church Conversion

361-CPWWill the former First Church of Christ Scientist in New York City at 361 Central Park West become condominiums? We still don’t know. But we do know many in the community don’t want the conversion and at least one pastor wants to preach there. Continue Reading →

Lights Of Hope Treelighting In Harlem

hcci in harlem montage1On Thursday, December 10, 2015, the Jackie Robinson Park Conservancy, Inc., Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement, Inc. (HCCI), and the City of New York (NYC) Department of Parks & Recreation united to present the 18th Annual Lights of Hope Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Jackie Robinson Park and Recreation Center.

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Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church Cut From $3.1M

rev butts in harlemAbyssinian Development Corp., the sprawling housing and social service arm of Harlem’s most influential black church, was cut off from $3.1 million in city contracts two weeks ago after it failed to submit three years of overdue tax filings and independent audits to the Mayor’s Office of Contract Services, the Daily News has learned. Continue Reading →

Pope Francis, From Harlem To Rock Star (audio)

steven-tyler popeThat’s right, we said it. Last week the Pope was in East Harlem, now in November, the Pope will officially release a rock album called Pope Francis: Wake Up! (which you can already pre-order on iTunes). Continue Reading →

Pope Francis At Our Lady Queen of Angels In Harlem

pope in harlemA playful Pope Francis laughed, played and took lots and lots of selfies with hundreds of inner-city schoolchildren during a visit to East Harlem Friday. Continue Reading →