Adam Clayton Powell Jr., The First Black Person Elected to Congress

adam-clayton-powell-jrAdam Clayton Powell, Jr., November 29, 1908 – April 4, 1972, was an American politician and pastor who represented Harlem, New York City, in the United States House of Representatives (1945–71). Continue Reading →

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James Van Der Zee’s Harlem Weddings New York 1906 (Photographs)

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Born June 29, 1886, to John and Elizabeth Van Der Zee who worked for President Ulysses S. Grant, Van Der Zee made his first photographs as a boy in Lenox, Mass. Continue Reading →

‘Negroes You Ain’t Never Seen Before’: Al Sharpton On Rangel Congressional Seat

seitu sharpton3The Rev. Al Sharpton discussed the race for retiring Congressman Charles Rangel‘s seat—using a weekly live address to endorse Rangel’s favored successor and to blast “political gentrification,” “new leadership” and “negroes you ain’t never seen before.” Continue Reading →

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Striver’s Row House Seeks In Harlem $3.75M

NY Curbed reports that a little more than a year ago, a 3,900-square-foot townhouse on Striver’s Row (West 138th and 139th streets between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Frederick Douglass Boulevard) sold for $2.9 million, breaking the sale record for the historic block. Continue Reading →

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